Cumberland County Housing Authority
Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority
The Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority provides consumer services and also acts as a development partner with government and non-profit agencies.
Many Cumberland County communities have used Community Development Block Grant Funds for public works-type projects that substantially improve the quality of life of the citizens. Examples include park improvements, street reconstruction, storm water improvements, accessibility improvements for persons with disabilities, and street trees, sidewalks and curbs. The Authorities administer these grant funds for the County of Cumberland, as well as three communities that receive Community Development Block Grant Funds directly from the state.
Since their inception, the Authorities have administered owner-occupied housing rehabilitation programs. These programs are designed to upgrade major systems, such as roofs, furnaces and electrical systems. One of the goals of this program is to assist senior citizens on fixed incomes to accomplish major repairs.
Fortunately, blighted properties are few and far between in Cumberland County. However, because spot blight can pull down surrounding property values, the Redevelopment Authority has developed a program, in cooperation with the County, to address the problems created by vacant, blighted properties. In many cases, these properties are located in areas where the Authorities have active programs. The Vacant Property Reinvestment Board allows the Redevelopment Authority to acquire these properties but only after the owner has been given the opportunity to make corrective repairs.