Petrarca: $319,000 in housing and transportation funding to address pandemic

HARRISBURG, April 24 – State Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced Armstrong and Indiana counties received funding for community development and affordable housing activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.

Petrarca said both counties were awarded $159,506. These funds will be made available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development programs, where a total of $5 billon will be made available under the Community Development Fund for prevention, preparation and response to the coronavirus and $4 billion in Homeless Assistance Grants to aid individuals and families who are homeless and to prevent homelessness resulting from impacts created by the coronavirus. 

“It’s vital we do all we can to protect the health and safety of our residents during these uncertain times,” Petrarca said. “We want to provide the funding our local communities need to ensure our most vulnerable populations are not discounted as we face the challenges of COVID-19.”

This is the first distribution of HUD funding under the CARES Act. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development received $24.69 million in the first of three total tranches for distribution using its small cities entitlement allocation formula.  

A full list of distributed funds can be found here.  

Additionally, to combat the effects of homelessness, DCED will receive $19.92 million in ESG Cares funding. DCED has released the application and guidelines to accept proposals to subgrant its appropriation under this program. ESG Cares proposals will be accepted from eligible applicants though June 1.