Sen. Brooks Announces Grant Award for “Lots to Love” Blight Remediation in Sharon

HARRISBURG (June 10, 2021) – The City of Sharon and the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County (CAPMC) have been awarded $120,000 in funding under the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) PHARE program to advance its ongoing fight against blight, Sen. Michele Brooks said after a PHFA meeting today. PHARE stands for the PA Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement program.

To advance the Sharon project, $120,000 has been reserved in proceeds from the realty transfer tax and Act 13 impact fee to help with the strategic demolition of damaged properties and the preparation of these sites for redevelopment.   

“This much-needed funding will help to increase the value and appeal of properties in the Sharon community, and promises to be an added catalyst for new construction, economic growth and a greater community comeback,” Brooks said.  “These grant funds will build on the community’s investment in these critical areas of our hometowns, which have already attracted gardens, playgrounds, and more.”

“Sharon has been diligent in cleaning up blight through a focused and carefully executed plan to demolish blighted and abandoned properties, including many burned-out and unsafe properties,” Brooks added. “This builds upon the work of the City of Sharon and the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County.to continue to clear the way for the future. Congratulations to the many partners who have advanced this mission.”

 

CONTACT: Diane McNaughton                                
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