Western MontCo Recipients Among 19 Grant Winners

Pottstown is designated to receive $200,000 for storm sewer improvements (at top)

NORRISTOWN PA – Four western Montgomery County municipalities and a Pottstown-based non-profit agency are among 19 winners of federal Community Development Block Grants to be distributed from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the county Board of Commissioners said Thursday (July 21, 2022).

The program annually provides money, based on pre-determined formulas, to states, cities, and counties. Funds are specifically intended to provide decent housing and suitable living environments, and expand economic opportunities primarily for low- and moderate-income residents.

Grants totaling $2,335,808 were announced after recipients were selected by the county Office of Housing and Community Development. Local beneficiaries are:

  • Pottstown Borough, $200,000, for storm sewer improvements;
  • West Pottsgrove Township, $200,000, sanitary sewer improvements;
  • East Greenville Borough, $200,000, Blaker Drive street improvements;
  • Royersford Borough, $64,458, Church Street improvements; and
  • The Salvation Army of Pottstown, $158,650, for emergency shelter operations for households with children.

Also receiving funding are these municipalities:

  • Bridgeport Borough, $200,000, borough-wide street improvements;
  • Jenkintown Borough, $200,000, sidewalk improvements and curb ramps;
  • West Conshohocken Borough, $185,400, sidewalk improvements and curb ramps;
  • Springfield Township, $78,950, Willow Grove Avenue blight removal;

and these agencies:

  • Montgomery County Housing Authority, $200,000, building renovations;
  • Genesis Housing Corporation, $200,000, homeowner building repair program;
  • The Salvation Army of Norristown, $133,850, emergency shelter operations for households with children;
  • Resources for Human Development, $72,000, emergency shelter operations for single adults;
  • Indian Creek Foundation, $60,000, building renovations;
  • Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania, $50,000, fair housing compliance and training;
  • Family Promise of Montgomery County, $40,000, emergency shelter operations for households with children;
  • Laurel House, $37,500, emergency shelter operations for households fleeing domestic violence;
  • Family Promise of the Main Line, $30,000, emergency shelter operations for households with children; and
  • North Hills Collective, $25,000, education and recreation program for youth.

Projects were evaluated for impact, completeness, feasibility, county and local planning consistency, project readiness, and funding attributes. Projects that addressed housing affordability and neighborhood revitalization affecting historically marginalized populations were also given heightened consideration, the county reported.

Vying for the available funds were applicants whose requests represented a combined total of $3,651,684, or $1.3 million more than the amounts awarded.

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