Fattah Announces $70 Million in Housing Grants to the Philadelphia Region

Aug 08, 2013, 18:20 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee announced today that Pennsylvania's Second District will receive close to $70 million in capital improvement and affordable housing grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

HUD will award the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) $49 million for capital improvement, modernization and development of its properties throughout the city.

Over $21 million of the funds will be distributed in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties for Community Development Block Grants to help expand economic opportunities for low-income residents, Emergency Shelter Grants to improve the quality and number of emergency shelters, the HOME program, which provides affordable housing and HOPWA program which benefits low-income persons and their families who've been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Fattah said, "The grants are an investment in our community.  They will help fund programs that meet the needs and priorities of our neighborhoods including the 80,000 Philadelphians served by PHA.  In addition to improving and developing already existing housing, the funds will also provide non-profit organizations the ability to meet the unique needs of families living with HIV/AIDS."

SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah