Barletta Announces Community Development Block Grants for Pennsylvania’s 11th District

May 4, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded funding to localities through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, including several cities and counties that fall within Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District.  Recipients include:

  • Berwick Borough - $316,050
  • Bloomsburg - $265,616
  • Carlisle - $363,487
  • Harrisburg - $1,959,208
  • Hazleton - $674,831
  • Cumberland County - $1,187,618
  • Dauphin County - $1,426,875
  • Luzerne County - $4,145,468

“The Community Development Block Grant program is one of the most effective tools we have to help grow local economies,” Barletta said.  “I have seen firsthand how this program provides a lifeline for families and communities.  When mayor of Hazleton, I used this federal program to help bring state and local institutions together with the private sector to redevelop the Pine Street neighborhood.  These grants will help communities advance their economic development, create jobs, provide services to the elderly, and improve child care centers and centers for those with disabilities.”

Last year, Barletta led a bipartisan coalition urging appropriators to provide robust funding for the CDBG.  The request letter, which was signed by a total of 167 Members of Congress, highlighted the program’s accomplishments, including helping communities create 387, 109 jobs for low and moderate income individuals through economic development activities, supporting credit-worthy, working families with down payment and closing cost assistance to purchase a home, assisting over 1.3 million low and moderate income individuals through homeownership assistance and lead-based abatement, providing funds for afterschool programs, and providing resources to Meals on Wheels and other local food programs.  As a result of Barletta’s efforts, the CDBG was funded at $3.3 billion for Fiscal Year 2018, which is $300 million above the previously enacted level.

To view a copy of the letter, click here.

To view a full list of CDBG awards allocated to Pennsylvania, please click here.