Fetterman Announces $1 Million in Funding for Blighted Properties in Reading
November 2, 2023
U.S. Senator John Fetterman (D – Pa.) announced $1 million in funding for blighted property acquisition in Reading after the U.S. Senate passed its first bipartisan FY24 appropriations bill Wednesday afternoon.
The legislative package includes millions in funding for projects in Pennsylvania ranging from agriculture research to homelessness assistance to veterans’ health care.
“I am proud to have secured these critical funds for the people I was elected to represent during my first annual appropriations process. These projects will benefit our rural communities and farmers, our servicemembers and veterans, our unhoused population, and so many other Pennsylvanians,” said Senator Fetterman.
“Investing in these communities is critical. I ran for this Senate seat to fight for the people and places that are typically left behind by Washington. This funding is a good start to get this community what it needs and deserves, but it can’t be the end of our work here. I will never stop fighting for federal investment in Berks County, and communities all across the commonwealth.”
Fetterman said this project would help transform blighted properties in the City of Reading by allowing the city to either stabilize or demolish these buildings so they can be utilized for productive uses that serve city residen
There are currently hundreds of blighted and vacant properties throughout the city, an issue that local officials have been grappling with for some time.
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