Madsen joins South Harrisburg public housing tour

Community members encouraged to share input on redevelopment future.

HARRISBURG, March 10 – State Rep. Dave Madsen, D-Dauphin, joined city government officials, Harrisburg Housing Authority members, and Chicago-based urban planning firm COLLABO for a tour of two South Harrisburg neighborhoods set for redevelopment.

“These upgrades are long overdue,” said Madsen. “While we all want to see construction start as soon as possible, I’m glad the city is taking time to engage with citizens and gain their opinion as to how they want their community to look.”

Madsen said public meetings held between now and Dec. 22, 2024, will allow community members to share their thoughts on how they envision the future of Hoverter Homes and Hall Manor. Dates are yet to be determined.

The Harrisburg Housing Authority, alongside the city of Harrisburg’s Department of Building and Housing Development, will utilize a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to redevelop the Hoverter Homes housing project.

All 233 of the World War II-era, barracks-style units will be reimagined and redesigned into modern, mixed-income public housing. Hall Manor is not included in the grant, although city and HHA leaders plan to include it in future projects and grant applications.

Madsen said he plans to stay actively involved with the city in promoting social and economic development in the South Harrisburg area and beyond.

“There are many neighborhoods in our region in need of improvements,” he added. “I hope to see more funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development find its way to Dauphin County.”


EDITORS & PRODUCERS NOTE: B-roll of the tour is available for download via Dropbox: South Harrisburg Public Housing Tour.