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Rep. Cartwright Announces Over $23 Million in HUD Funds to Address Housing Issues in PA-08

Feb 19, 2020
Press Release

Scranton, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright (PA-08) announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has granted a total of more than $23 million to Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District through multiple programs to address issues of affordable housing. The funds are divided among several local housing authorities, as well as city- and county-level governments throughout the district.

“The work our local governments do to support affordable housing is invaluable, and this support from the federal level will help that work continue,” said Rep. Cartwright, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. “These funds will keep our neighborhoods strong and ensure vulnerable residents, including the elderly and those with disabilities, have a place to call home.”

The following housing authorities will receive funding through the Public Housing Capital Fund:

  • Luzerne County Housing Authority: $2,923,395
  • Lackawanna County Housing Authority: $2,472,307
  • Monroe County Housing Authority: $700,029
  • Scranton Housing Authority: $2,990,656
  • Pittston Housing Authority: $766,876
  • Carbondale Housing Authority: $770,124
  • Hazleton Housing Authority: $587,740
  • Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority: $1,819,820

The Public Housing Capital Fund Award is granted annually by HUD to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) for the development, financing and modernization of public housing developments and for management improvements.

The following will also receive funding from other sources overseen by HUD:


Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 

HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)

Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG)

City of Scranton




City of Wilkes-Barre




Luzerne County




The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program provides annual awards to states and local units of government to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons.

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program provides annual grants to state, local and private entities to assist people in quickly regaining stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness. In addition to rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention, the ESG program provides limited funding for street outreach as well as for improving the quality and number of emergency homeless shelters.

The HOME program helps to expand the supply of decent, affordable housing to low- and very low-income families by providing grants to states and local governments to fund housing programs that meet local needs and priorities.