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Region to receive federal grants from recovery package

03.18.09

March 2009 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Region to receive federal grants from recovery package

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, February 28th- House of Representative Paul Kanjorski, 11th Legislative District, announced under the recently passed recovery package counties and cities in Northeastern Pennsylvania will receive over $3 million in federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The funding was allocated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as a result of the recovery legislation passed severel weeks ago.

“It is rewarding to see that funding from the recovery package is already being allocated to help communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. CDBG’s have been an integral part of providing assistance to the area, and once again, this funding will help with job expansion and development and aid in providing services to residents. I supported the recovery package because I strongly believe that we had to take quick action to help Americans who are struggling and help spur job creation. These grants will pave the way towards achieving this goal in Northeastern Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Kanjorski.

Mr. Kanjorski stated Community Development Block Grant’s are important tools for helping local governments tackle serious challenges facing their communities.

The funding will be distributed to the respective counties and cities to enable local governments to undertake a wide range of activities including creating jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses, and providing affordable housing and needed services.
Municipalities receiving the CDBG grants must use the funds within 120 days.

Overall, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania received Community Development Block Grants totaling $12,434,921. The majority of the grant will be distributed to designated counties and cities throughout the state.

Mr. Kanjorski announced the following municipalities within the 11th Congressional District will receive CDBG funds:

• Luzerne County - $1,344,366
• City of Scranton - $916,485
• City of Wilkes-Barre - $519,156
• City of Hazleton - $255,058

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