First money to start rolling into the Lehigh Valley from the $2 trillion dollar stimulus package may go help finance housing and the homeless

Written by on April 2, 2020

First money to start rolling into the Lehigh Valley from the 2 trillion dollar stimulus package may go help finance housing and the homeless

By Tyler Pratt

April 2, 2020

Pennsylvania will get more than $170 million dollars from the federal government to help with housing in the coronavirus crisis. It’s one part of the recent $2 trillion dollar stimulus package. WLVR’s Tyler Pratt breaks down what this means for the Lehigh Valley. 

Just under six million is allocated to the Lehigh Valley— split up between the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem, Northampton and Lehigh Counties. 

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey put out a statement Wednesday saying the money will be distributed through Community Development Block Grants and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They are commonly referred to as CDBG and HUD, terms people may start to hear more frequently as the money hits the state.

Casey says this money may be used to help bolster anti-poverty programs, house the homeless, and to increase affordable housing. Although it’s still unclear how the development will continue in the wake of statewide stay-at-home orders.

One of the largest portions of the money, 40 million dollars, goes to Philadelphia. With another huge chunk, to be spread out through smaller populated areas in the state, like Easton.


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