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Previous Programs & Projects

Systematic Façade Program

Community Housing has utilized Community Development Block Grants to improve the Community---one block at a time---where our families live, work and play. Systematic property inspections are completed, and façade grants are provided to income qualified owners/landlords (as available) to complete exterior repairs. Block rehabilitation is done to promote cleaner and safer neighborhoods, increase property values, and improve the quality of life for the residents.

Building façade before renovation
Building façade after renovation

Hazard Funding Program

Community Housing utilizes Community Development Block Grants to provide funding (as available) to income qualified homeowners to address emergency hazards in the home. Leaking roofs, loss of heat, broken water lines, etc., are just some of the emergencies that can create a financial hardship for a homeowner without the means to correct the hazard.

Water hazard before repair. Water hazard during repair. Water hazard gone after repair

Federal Lead Hazard Reduction Grant

The City of Allentown used approximately 1.3 million dollars from a Federal HUD grant to complete 53 lead remediation projects in homes where children had been reported as having an elevated blood lead level. We conducted 138 lead risk assessments, provided outreach and education to over 2,000 people in our community, and provided lead abatement training opportunities to 18 local contractors.

South 8th Street Gateway Façade Program

The properties along South 8th Street, from Union to Walnut, are part of an ongoing Gateway Improvement Project. Utilizing a Community Development Block Grant, the City is currently completing 9 façades.