Rep. Barletta announces federal grant for Lackawanna housing agency

Feb 7, 2012
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that Neighborhood Housing Services of Lackawanna County will receive a federal grant of $77,500.

“This grant will allow Neighborhood Housing Services of Lackawanna County to continue its important work in foreclosure prevention, homeownership promotion, and housing rehabilitation. In these difficult economic times, this money will help revitalize and sustain communities, and it will preserve and promote affordable housing in Lackawanna County,” Rep. Barletta said.

The grant is targeted to the agency’s NeighborWorks America program, a public nonprofit organization established by Congress in 1978 as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.

It is the nation’s original community/public/private partnership model, with locally-driven, efficient community development and leverage of the public investment as its hallmarks. Over the past 30-plus years, NeighborWorks America and its affiliated local community-based NeighborWorks organizations have consistently replicated this successful model in more than 4,500 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; in America’s urban, suburban and rural communities. Local NeighborWorks organizations receive grants, training, technical assistance, and other programmatic support and services from NeighborWorks America.

In December 2007, Congress asked NeighborWorks America to administer the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program (NFMC). As of January, more than 1.33 million homeowners facing foreclosure around the country have been counseled by the 1,700 grantees and sub-grantee foreclosure counseling agencies that have received funds from the NFMC since its inception.