HERMITAGE, Pa. (WKBN) – Hermitage was awarded grant money to help pay for several improvement projects.

Hermitage will receive $337, 934 of a 2.1 million statewide grant for the following projects:

  • Roadway repaving and stormwater improvements on Concord Road, Trace Street, Meadowbrook Road and Shadyside Drive
  • A housing rehabilitation project that will see the rehabilitation of an estimated seven single-family, owner-occupied homes in the city

Homeowners who meet the applications standards are welcome to apply for the housing rehabilitation project. The money can be used for basic property improvements such as roofs, windows, doors, foundations, steps and sidewalks; household fixtures such as a furnace, water heater, electric service and wiring, etc; and sanitary improvements. More information can be found in the Owner-Occupied Housing Rehabilitation grant program guide. The standards for application include:

  • Applicants must be current with their county, city and school taxes and city sewer fees
  • Applicants must have homeowner’s insurance in effect on the rehab. property
  • Applicants must have title to the property and live in the dwelling to be rehabilitated
  • Applicants must meet HUD Section 8 Low/Moderate Income Eligibility
  • Homes are brought up to minimum Pennsylvania DCED Housing Quality Standards
  • Only city-approved general contractors may participate. Area contractors are welcome to apply for approval.
  • Properties are listed on a first come, first served order of accommodation
  • Rehabilitation funds are limited to $17,500 per property

The money is coming from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). The goal is to expand economic opportunities to low-and moderate-income people through improvements to infrastructure that impacts the health and welfare of communities.