New Pottstown Targeted Home Improvement Assistance Program

Genesis Housing Corporation

The new program offers small dollar grants and/or small dollar, low interest loans to resident homeowners meeting the eligibility requirements for owner-occupied properties located within the targeted neighborhoods. Examples of eligible work are roofs, windows, heaters, sewer lines, electrical upgrades and other general home repairs.

The eligible Pottstown neighborhoods are:
Schuylkill River to High St, Manatawny St. to Washington St.;

High St. to Beech St., Manatawny St. to Warren St.; and

Beech St to Wilson St., Hanover St. / Farmington to Adams St.

Applications are available by calling 610-275-4357, or on our website atwww.genesishousing.org or via email at info@genesishousing.org.

Reading City Council Gets Tough On Blight!

City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new version of the pre-sale inspection ordinance that it repealed in 2006, requiring all properties to get checked for code compliance when they’re on the market.

The ordinance mandates that property owners get a certificate of transfer for all properties – residential or commercial – sold after April 1, 2012.

To get the certificate, the owners will have to pay $150 for the health and safety inspection, and pass it. However, the inspection will be scaled down from the full-blown inspection required under the earlier program that cost $300.

It’s also far less than the higher costs in a new fee schedule for other inspections that council adopted Tuesday. For instance, a regular inspection of a single-family home will cost $505, up from $240.

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