Wolf Administration Tours State-Supported Blight Remediation and Housing Access Projects in Girardville

Girardville, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs Rick Vilello joined local leaders on a tour of state-supported blight remediation and housing access projects in Girardville, Schuylkill County.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to making Pennsylvania a great place to live and work, from the largest cities to smaller communities like Girardville,” said Deputy Secretary Vilello. “It’s great to be able to see the progress we’ve made so far, as well as areas of opportunity for the future.”

The focal point of the tour was West Main Street, a blight elimination project that razed five fire-damaged homes. The lots then became the site of a six-unit townhouse-style building for low-income residents. The state supported the project through the HOME and Keystone Communities programs in conjunction with Schuylkill Community Action.

“The partnership of Schuylkill Community Action with the Borough of Girardville., Schuylkill County government, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to eliminate blighted buildings and develop affordable housing has made a huge difference for the future outlook of Girardville Borough,” said Ted Dreisbach, Schuylkill Community Action executive director. “The development not only provides affordable and safe housing for community residents, but also is an incentive for other residents to invest in the upkeep of their homes. The result is a more vitalized community that is more conducive for business growth and development.”

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