– Rep.-elect Mike Puskaric (R-Washington/Allegheny) announced today that Washington County has been awarded $283,500 through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to acquire, rehabilitate and resell three vacant and foreclosed single-family homes located in the city. These funds are provided through the department’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
“This grant is key to Washington’s prosperity in the 21st century,” said Puskaric. “The funding will help address many needs in our community. I am glad to see the efforts of preserving these properties will be enhanced with support from the state.”
The specific property addresses have not been identified. Under program guidelines, the homes will be sold to buyers with less than 120 percent area median income. One home will be sold to a buyer with less than 50 percent area median income.
The funding for the improvement project is provided through DCED’s 2017 Competitive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which enables communities to effectively address local economic development needs.
“I’m always happy to work with state government to make sure the needs of the communities within the 39th Legislative District are being met,” the lawmaker said.
Under the Housing and Recovery Act of 2008, Washington County was previously awarded $1.5 million to acquire, rehabilitate and resell vacant and foreclosed single-family homes to income-eligible homebuyers. The original Washington County NSP project resulted in the purchase and redevelopment of 21 abandoned homes. The $1.5 million in NSP funds generated program income and resulted in a total investment of $2.5 million.
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Representative-Elect Mike Puskaric
39th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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