Community Revitalization

A home cannot be separated from its community. The people and places that make up a neighborhood are essential to not only a safe place to live but also an affordable one. Many individual issues that affect a single house, such as blight or foreclosure, also have an impact on the surrounding area and its residents.

The Housing Alliance, working with our community development and revitalization partners, is concerned with providing the resources to work collectively to develop stronger neighborhoods. Programs such as Community Development Block Grants and Main Street and Elm Street programs all work holistically to build stronger, safer communities.

Resources for Community Revitalization

Coming Together…And Staying Together

Lessons from three decades of state CDC network formation.
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Community development block grant (CDBG) disaster recovery application guidelines

The program is for the 36 counties designated under the Presidential Declaration from damages caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in September of 2011.
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Allentown Downtown Looking Up Thanks to Neighborhood Improvement Zone

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has announced the expansion of an already extensive downtown reconstruction project to a growing list of new projects.

On the House: Shale drilling results in upstate Pa. housing boom

Act 13, passed in 2012, allocates a portion of the impact fees charged drillers to PHARE, a fund to create affordable housing.

Dauphin County creates Pennsylvania's first Land Bank Authority

The county commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the bank, which is designed to rehabilitate blighted and vacant properties.

Inventing the future: Saving homes, fighting blight in Philly

A partnership between University City District and the City's Department of L&I helps identify owners of distressed properties and guide them to rehabilitation.
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Land banks get more attention

Momentum builds to advance legislation in Philadelphia City Council; meanwhile Altoona begins to discuss implementation.

Commonwealth Cornerstone Group awarded $45M in tax credits

The credits come from the New Markets Tax Credit program, to spur increased investments into businesses and real estate projects in low-income communities.
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