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Hummel Street Revitalization Completed in Harrisburg, Opening the Door to Individuals and Families in Need of Affordable Homes.

The following press release was provided to the City of Harrisburg by Tri-County Housing Development

HARRISBURG — Tri County Housing is pleased to announce the completion of five new affordable homes as part of the Hummel Street project, which features affordable townhomes along the 200 block of Hummel Street and capping off the revitalization of a once-blighted neighborhood in Harrisburg’s South Allison Hill section.

Supported by funding from the City, State, County, local banks, and foundations, five families will each receive the keys to a brand-new home and a new life along a rejuvenated block. In this phase, five single-family townhomes will be unveiled.

Gary Lenker, Executive Director of Tri-County Housing, said, “As a housing advocate, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing a family in need handed the keys to a new home and beginning a new life as part of a newly strengthened community. Housing is the cornerstone to so many positive elements in a neighborhood, bringing with it safety, security, shelter, curb appeal, pride in the community and so much more.”

Where many blighted buildings once stood before being demolished, the nonprofit organization constructed five new single-family townhomes, with one single-family home in the planning stages. These new residences have addresses from 238 to 246 Hummel St., with the single-family home to be built on Kittatinny Street.

State, County and City officials will be on hand to celebrate the project’s completion on APRIL 10th, 2024@ 11:00 AM.

Major funding for the project was provided by the Governor’s Office of Budget’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), the PA Housing Finance Agency’s PHARE program and the PA DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP).

Lenker has also completed a similar initiative along 15th and Swatara Street and is working on a site on North 4th Street in the City which recently received both PHFA PHARE and PA DCED Neighborhood Assistance Program funds. The 4th Street site will replicate the townhomes built on the Hummel Street site.

The Hummel Street units are approximately I ,600 square feet per home, with three bedrooms, I .5 baths and a full basement. The homes are listed for $124,900 to $126,900 a unit to keep them within affordability reach of low- to moderate-income families, Lenker said.

If you are interested in potentially living in any of the new affordable housing options, you can contact Executive Director, Gary Lenker of Tri-County Housing at 717-231-3604, ext. 137, or at [email protected] .

Homeowners will qualify for 10 years of tax abatement, under the City’s Local Economic

Revitalization Tax Abatement program (LERTA), which has been offered by the county and school district as well. For 10 years, taxes are forgiven on building improvements, keeping the tax bill more affordable for families. Homebuyers must have a family income between 51 and 80 percent of median family income. A family of five, for example, would qualify if they earn between $53,901 and $86,250 annually.


CONTACT: Diane McNaughton, 717-303-8320     [email protected]