U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development Deputy Secretary Brian Montgomery was in Allentown this morning to deliver two grant checks. The city is receiving $5 million from the Lead Hazard Reduction Grant Program along with $700,000 in Healthy Homes supplemental funds. A second check for $5.605 million goes to the city in a Section 108 loan to go toward construction of the Da Vinci Science Center in the downtown.
The city will address lead hazards in 310 housing units providing safer homes for low and very low-income families with children.
At least 50% of selected rental units are occupied or available to families with incomes at or below 50% of the area median income level, and the remaining units occupied or made available to families with incomes at or below 80% of the area median income level.
For owner-occupied housing, all units assisted will be occupied by families with income at or below 80% of the area median income level. It is anticipated that at least 340 will be identified as potentially eligible units. An average of 103 units will be annually enrolled and have lead hazard control work performed, for a period total of 310 units.
The new science center will create new permanent jobs, attract families and individuals of all ages to our downtown, and increase total economic activity each year in the city. The new science center fits in with the Allentown Vision 2030 plan and will be the catalyst for the next phase of development in the downtown.