Madden: State awards $305,000 for Monroe County housing

HARRISBURG, July 11 – State Rep. Maureen Madden is pleased to announce $305,000 in state grants today were awarded to help fund various affordable housing opportunities throughout Monroe County.

“The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency provided more than $51 million to 211 initiatives across Pennsylvania, and Monroe County was fortunate to receive this significant investment. I’m glad that several projects will be able to use the money to provide people with additional affordable housing options,” said Madden, D-Monroe.

Grants awarded in Monroe County include:

  • $100,000 to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Monroe for the Monroe County Senior Housing Rehabilitation Program to increase/improve the availability of low-income housing for seniors in Monroe County. Funds will focus heavily on the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the housing stock that already exists.

  • $75,000 to Family Promise of Monroe County for Project Self Sufficiency to assist individuals/households with rapid rehousing and rental assistance to quickly return people to independent, affordable housing or to keep at-risk people in their homes.

  • $70,000 to Integra Home Counseling to acquire and rehabilitate five houses to become the first affordable houses in the Pocono Community Land Trust. Two of the houses will be used for shared housing with new households, with two people sharing the house on Chipperfield Drive and a family and an individual sharing the house on East Broad Street.

  • $60,000 to United Way of Monroe County for the Pocono Rental Assistance Program that will provide rental assistance for households experiencing a housing crisis and for those who are struggling with a financial crisis. The PRAP will provide options for those at risk of becoming homeless, as well as reducing the sheltered homeless population by enabling clients to transition into permanent solutions as they address their individual challenges through case management services.

Madden said the grants were awarded through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund from a portion of the realty transfer tax.