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Friday, September 13, 2013

Bradford's Second Ward Revitalization Project
Getting $20,000 in State Money

Bradford’s Second Ward Neighborhood Revitalization Project will be getting $20,000 in state money.

The project includes the acquisition of homes and vacant lots to make way for the building of new in-fill housing or the rehabilitation of those that can be saved. Four new homes are expected; one home will be rehabilitated.

A meeting concerning the revitalization of the neighborhood is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church.

Project coordinator Lisa Keck says, “This meeting will showcase the comprehensive data collection and creative approach to neighborhood revitalization utilized in developing a strategy for moving forward with efforts. Everyone is encouraged to attend and be part of the critical first step in changing this community for the better.”

Also today, State Representative Marty Causer announced that a Hawthorne Road project in Bradford will received $20,000. This project involves the demolition of an existing structure to make way for the eventual development of a new duplex to be made available to low-income households.

The Potter County Homeless Prevention Program will receive $129,895 that will be used for short- and medium-term assistance for rental payments, security deposits and utility deposits and payments for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Priority will be given to households at or below 50 percent of the area median income. It is anticipated that 40 households will be assisted at an average of $1,200 per household.

The funding is provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund and impact fees generated by drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

“These investments will go a long way toward ensuring the availability of affordable housing to our citizens and at the same time will also support efforts to revamp and revitalize our communities,” Causer said.

The affordable housing program is administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. A total of $8.45 million is being distributed in 22 Pennsylvania counties.

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