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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: August 12, 2021 03:13 PM
From: Representative Robert E. Merski
To: All House members
Subject: Municipal Property Maintenance Code Assistance Fund
In the near future, I plan to introduce a bill that establishes a program for the purposes of providing grants to municipalities to establish code enforcement programs and to hire code enforcement personnel.

The program would be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Under the bill, DCED would be required to promulgate rules and regulations to determine the eligibility for grants. The emphasis of this grant is to upgrade or remove blighted, abandoned and structurally unsafe structures and dwellings. A municipality obtaining a grant must provide municipal funds equal to the amount of the state grant; in addition, a municipality can only receive this grant for 3 consecutive years.

The creation of this code enforcement grant program will assist municipalities in reducing the problem of blight in Pennsylvania communities. I hope you join me in cosponsoring this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1827