Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced nearly $14.2 million in Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding to support communities and their residents on the path to success.
“Pennsylvania is coming back after the pandemic,” Governor Wolf said. “These funds ensure that every Pennsylvanian has the opportunity to get back on their feet and succeed without barriers.”
The following projects were included in the most recent block of CDBG-CV funding approvals:
- $250,000 to Cameron County for a housing rehabilitation program that will make improvements to existing structures and help older people and people with disabilities to stay in their homes rather than move to assisted living facilities. The program plans to use these funds to rehabilitate homes throughout the county, serving only low-to-moderate income households.
- $1,000,000 to the City of Pittston to meet the housing rehabilitation needs of the elderly and people with disabilities that will allow them to stay in their homes rather than moving to assisted living facilities. The project will also serve individuals and families with health conditions that make them susceptible to COVID-19 by offering in-home consultations on COVID mitigation strategies. The program will serve a total of 12 municipalities in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.
- $500,000 to Lawrence County for a housing rehabilitation program to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable during the pandemic. The program, in partnership with the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership, will serve seniors, people with disabilities, or those with health conditions that make them more susceptible to COVID-19.
- $265,000 to Wayne County to help address food insecurity and increase food distribution to other households. The funds will help purchase fresh, healthy food and a box truck that will be used to increase food distribution to people in Wayne and Pike counties.
- $1,100,000 to Fayette County in support of their broadband initiative to provide free broadband access to extremely underserved areas of the county. To help people participate in telecommuting, telemedicine, and virtual learning, the county plans to use the funds to install/expand broadband coverage in the western half of the county. The initiative will target the most populated low to moderate income areas with the greatest need for improved internet. The funds will be used to extend high-speed broadband lines to create hotspots to provide free broadband access in communities within the service area.
- $2,000,000 to Indiana County to expand broadband capabilities through partnership opportunities to extend/expand reliable and affordable rural broadband, high-speed Internet and cellular service to unserved and underserved areas in the North County.
- $510,962 to Clinton County to improve emergency services radio communication between their 911 center in the Borough of Flemington and the western part of the county. The existing system has many coverage gaps (dead zones) where responders in West Clinton County cannot communicate with the 911 center, receiving hospitals, or each other. The funds will be used to purchase and install equipment on three towers, replacing existing outdated bases and hook-up equipment with state-of-the-art digitally-enabled base radios and hook-up equipment .
- $4,000,000 to the NEPA Alliance through the Regional Economic Performance Partnership (Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties) to provide grants of up to $50,000 to small businesses and up to $15,000 to microbusinesses (small businesses that employ few people) who have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The NEPA Alliance predicts that around 150 jobs will be retained or created.
- $1,562,500 to the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center through the Regional Economic Performance Partnership (Lehigh and Northampton counties) to provide grants of up to $100,000 to businesses in the Lehigh Valley area that have experienced disruption to their operations, supply chain and workforce. The program will focus on businesses created in the early months of the pandemic and historically disadvantaged business owners with restricted access to capital. Lehigh University’s Small Business Development Center plans to create five jobs and maintain 12 jobs.
- $1,942,000 to the Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission through the Regional Economic Performance Partnership (Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties) to create jobs at up to ten existing child care centres, which will help families returning to work overcome the lack of available child care. The project plans to create 20 jobs in existing child care centers that have the physical capacity to expand and serve additional children.
- $1,040,000 to the Covation Center Inc. through the Regional Economic Performance Partnership (Central, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties) to provide grants of up to $85,000 to small businesses in central Pennsylvania. The project will focus on supporting businesses located in low/moderate income areas. The counties expect up to 11 jobs to be created or retained.
CDBG-CV funds are made available through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and enable communities to effectively prepare, prevent the spread, and respond. the impacts of the coronavirus in their communities.
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