Caltagirone, Schwank announce $32,400 state grant to fight blight

READING, Jan. 18 – Reading is in line to receive state grant money aimed at fighting blight in the city, state Rep. Tom Caltagirone and state Sen. Judy Schwank announced today.

The Department of Community and Economic Development approved a $32,400 grant through its Early Intervention Program to hire a consultant to develop a blight action plan, create a land bank and provide technical help to the city’s Code Enforcement Department.

“This project is a great example of how we must work together to revitalize and grow communities in Reading,” said Caltagirone, D-Berks. “Blight is a persistent problem that grows without intervention, and I look forward to quick action based on this funding.”

“Reading’s urban blight doesn’t represent what our city has to offer and must be addressed for the city to grow,” said Schwank, D-Berks. “This grant will bring us one step closer to unveiling the city’s potential.”