Sainato: $500,000 grant to Union Township for housing improvements

Conditioned on approval of environmental review

NEW CASTLE, Sept. 18 – A $500,000 conditional grant will enable Union Township to continue its highly successful owner-occupied housing rehabilitation program, state Rep. Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, announced today.

The grant – administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development under the federally funded HOME Program – is conditioned on the township submitting, and receiving approval of, a federally mandated environmental impact review.

“I’m delighted that we were successful in our efforts to secure this conditional grant, as this funding has been so important to preserving affordable housing for Union Township residents,” Sainato said. “Safe, well-maintained housing is essential for hardworking families to be able to live with dignity and to thrive.

“Home is where we put down roots, it’s where we raise our children and help care for aging parents, and it’s where we create lasting memories. But for working families on a tight budget juggling multiple expenses, it can be extremely difficult to keep up with maintenance costs, particularly with older structures that can pose code violations. Rehabilitation made possible by this funding not only helps preserve safe housing for current homeowners, it helps ensure that housing will be there for future generations.”

Sainato said the grant will enable Union Township to rehabilitate approximately 20 owner-occupied homes of low-income residents. Rehabilitation will include correction of code violations as well as renovations addressing energy, health and safety.

The HOME Program is a federally funded program providing housing assistance in grants and loans for the benefit of low-income people.