Snyder: Nemacolin blight, rehabilitation gets boost from $525,000 grant

Separate $195,500 awarded to address Greene County homelessness

HARRISBURG, April 13 – About 35 homes in the coal patch of Nemacolin will be demolished or rehabilitated through a $525,000 grant announced today by state Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington.

Snyder said the Nemacolin Blight Remediation and Rehabilitation Project, led by the Greene County Redevelopment Authority, will use the state funds to acquire and either fix up and sell or demolish blighted structures. The project will also offer zero percent loans to homeowners for major systems repairs, replacements and energy efficiency upgrades, Snyder added.

“Those of us who’ve had the situation in Nemacolin on our radar are ecstatic about this news, which represents a major opportunity to help remove hazards and turn things around in that community,” Snyder said. “I’m especially pleased that existing homeowners will be able to get some help to improve their properties.”

Snyder said the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency selected the Nemacolin project for funding through its Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement monies that come from Marcellus Shale impact fees.   

Separately, Snyder said the same agency awarded $195,500 in PHARE/Marcellus Shale funds for the Greene County Homeless Prevention and Housing Stabilization Program. That money will go for leasing an apartment for two years to act as emergency shelter, to hire a case worker who will coordinate services for residents of Parkview Knoll and other low-income households in need of homeless prevention assistance, and to provide rental payments for eight units in conjunction with homeless prevention and rapid rehousing efforts.

Both PHFA awards will be made to Greene County.