Apr. 27, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim Bonner (R-Mercer/Butler) announced today that new funding assistance for community development and affordable housing activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been awarded to Grove City Borough and Pine Township in Mercer County.

“It is clear that COVID-19 has had a serious impact on our local communities,” said Bonner. “This funding is coming at a critical time for many of our residents and small businesses and I hope that it can help alleviate some of the burden that has been placed on them.”

Bonner announced that Grove City Borough will receive $71,619 and Pine Township will receive $63,379.

A few weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed into law the CARES Act to provide immediate and direct relief to individuals struggling as a result of the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The CARES Act includes supplemental allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs where a total of $5 billion has been made available under the Community Development Fund for prevention, preparation and response to the coronavirus and $4 billion in Homeless Assistance Grants to aid individuals and families who are homeless and to prevent homelessness resulting from impacts created by the coronavirus.

These funds are being made available from HUD and released in three tranches. DCED received an appropriation of nearly $24.7 million in the first tranche for distribution using its small cities entitlement allocation formula.

DCED continues to update its website with financial and other resources. Communities seeking further guidance and clarification from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.

For questions or assistance with state-related issues, residents can contact Bonner’s office at 724-458-4911 or at RepBonner.com/contact.

The 8th District consists of the Mercer County townships of Coolspring, Deer Creek, Fairview, Findley, French Creek, Jackson, Lake, Liberty, Mill Creek, New Vernon, Perry, Pine, Sandy Creek, Sandy Lake, Springfield, Wolf Creek and Worth and the boroughs of Fredonia, Grove City, Jackson Center, Mercer, New Lebanon, Sandy Lake, Sheakleyville and Stoneboro; and the Butler County townships of Brady, Center, Cherry, Clay, Franklin, Marion, Mercer, Muddycreek and Worth, and the boroughs of Harrisville, Portersville, West Liberty and West Sunbury.

Representative Tim Bonner
8th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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