In a reversal of an earlier decision, Limerick Township supervisors recently decided not to apply for another round of federal Community Development Block Grant funding to support a local low-income housing repair program. Township Manager Dan Kerr reviewed the program with supervisors in June and reported that federal bureaucracy surrounding the program has made the program unsustainable for the township.
The rules for the projects — prevailing wage, ensuring women-and minority-owned businesses are among the bidders, and requirements that contractors hire low-income workers for the projects — however well-intentioned, have strained township finances.
In July, supervisors decided to keep the program running for one more year but then backed off that decision as the application deadline approached. According to Kerr, the township still has about $250,000 remaining in the account that can be used to help rehabilitate low-income homes after it runs out, but that will still require spending about $20,000 to $30,000 of township funds.
In the future, Limerick Township homeowners will still be able to apply for assistance through the low-income repair program run by Montgomery County, but they will be competing against applicants from throughout the county.
Source: Pottstown Mercury; 9/24/2018