Sainato: $1.25 million awarded to help rehabilitate Lawrence County homes

NEW CASTLE, May 20 – Grant funding of $1.25 million will help bring safer living conditions for low-income residents in Lawrence County by financing needed renovations to owner-occupied homes, state Rep. Chris Sainato announced today.

Sainato, D-Lawrence, said the funding under the HOME Investments Partnership Program will help some residents address code deficiencies that have prevented access to other home-related assistance programs.

“The challenges of the past year have highlighted the importance of having a safe, secure place to call home,” Sainato said. “With the pandemic straining budgets everywhere, low-income residents have found it tougher than usual to make needed home repairs. In some cases, homes are facing code deficiencies that have prevented residents from accessing other important programs, such as weatherization assistance. Today’s funding is going to help them move forward with those repairs so they can protect their families.”

Sainato said the grants include the following funding:

  • $750,000 to the city of New Castle to rehabilitate 18 owner-occupied homes (to be administered by third-party provider Lawrence County Community Action Partnership).
  • $500,000 to Lawrence County to rehabilitate 12 owner-occupied homes (with grant administration by third-party provider LCCAP). Eligibility will be owner-occupied homes deferred from the county’s weatherization assistance program due to deficient code/property standards.

The grants are part of a package of more than $7 million for projects in 13 counties under the HOME Program. Administered by the state Department of Community and Economic Development, the program provides federal funding to help municipalities and local governments preserve and expand affordable housing for low-income Pennsylvanians.

The funds can be used for a variety of critical housing needs, including market-oriented approaches that offer opportunities such as homeownership or rental activities to revitalize communities with new investment. The funds are provided to DCED from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the annual entitlement appropriation process.

More information about the grant is available