Housing News of the Week 2.12.20

Check out the recent news below to see what is happening this week in Housing News.

New Moving On: How-To Guide for Public Housing Agencies
HUD Exchange
Moving On enables individuals and families who are able and want to move on from permanent supportive housing (PSH) to do so by providing them with sustainable, affordable housing options through mainstream systems, including Public Housing and Housing Choice Vouchers. HUD is pleased to announce the release of a new resource to help support the development of Moving On initiatives, the Public Housing Agency (PHA) Moving On: How-To Guide. (to read more, click the link above)

New effort to help homeless veterans: ‘Now it is our turn to answer their call’
The Morning Call
An estimated 574 homeless veterans live in the Lehigh Valley, according to a recent count. A new effort is aimed at helping pay for programs to help them. Two years after federal funding cuts led to reduced help for homeless veterans, the Lehigh Valley has a new source of money. State Sen. Pat Browne and local officials on Monday announced the creation of a Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Fund, which is launching with $200,000 in state grant funding. “When our country called upon them, these men and women committed themselves to service in our armed forces,” Browne said at a news conference at the Lehigh County Government Center. “Now it is our turn to answer their call and provide assistance when they need it most.” (to read more, click the link above)

Wilkes-Barre mayor, city council turning focus to blight
PA Homepage
Blight brings down property values and threatens public safety. In Wilkes-Barre, lawmakers and residents who’ve had enough may be making headway. As Eyewitness News reported less than a week ago, residents are taking to the streets to fight blight head-on. There’s a new administration in Wilkes-Barre and council is reaffirming their commitment to that effort. “We work for the people that were here tonight in the audience,” said Mayor George Brown. “They’re the people I work for. I have to make sure that I address their needs.”  Getting rid of dilapidated properties was one of Brown’s platforms when he ran for mayor. Now he says it’s time to keep that campaign promise. “For the last four years, I’ve been thinking about it — if I did decide to run for mayor and was elected, what would I do,” he said. “So I already have a lot of things on my mind that I want to address and I’ve already started on.”  (to read more, click the link above)

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