The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 4, 2013

Montour County commits $100,000 to Danville homebuyer’s program

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — DANVILLE — A $100,000 commitment from Montour County will go toward the continuation of a first-time homebuyers’ program in Danville.

The county commissioners approved the money, from Act 137, last week. The money comes from a portion of fees collected from filing of deeds and mortgages in the county.

It will be included in an application for a HOME grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A total of $350,000 is being sought for the grant for the program run by the Montour County Housing Authority, Danville borough and the county.

“To date, the program has been extremely successful,” said Commissioners Vice Chairman Jack Gerst.

“We are very passionate about this program where they take blighted properties, fix them up and sell them to first-time homebuyers,” he said.

”This keeps out people who may come into a neighborhood to disrupt life and turns it into a livable place for a family,” he said.

Commissioners Chairman Trevor Finn said while government is often reactionary,   “This is proactive.”

Danville borough and the Montour County Housing Authority are doing a great job with the program, he said.

Commissioner Jerry Ward noted Gerst serves on the board for the program.