"Every resident of the County has a right to safe and affordable housing"
Everyone should be afforded the ability to have a safe and affordable housing arrangement. Whether that be home ownership or renting an apartment, one of the biggest setbacks is a lack of choice in properties when pursuing a housing arrangement.
I propose we move forward with a Land Bank which is a blight remediation tool. The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania defines a Land bank as a “governmental entity whose mission is to convert vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties to productive use.” Through this process we can remediate blight, remove tax delinquency, build productive use structures, and sell them to private individuals for a gain, to then put those funds toward future remediation projects.
Housing First is a homeless assistance approach that prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. Through a landbank and working with the National Alliance to End Homelessness as well as the PA Department of Human Services, we can make Clearfield County a safe, livable place for everyone.