New Development Project to Lend Families a Helping Hand

With the help of a $225,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund one downtown Easton developer will be providing an apartment for a family served by Third Street Alliance.

Developer Garett Vassel was awarded the grant for the Commodore development project at Larry Holmes Drive and Northampton Street. The building is being proposed as a mixed-use unit with storefront and office space and 32 apartments.

One of those apartments will be dedicated as an affordable housing unit and will serve a family from Third Street Alliance for Women & Children through the agency’s Rapid Rehousing Program.

Vassel is the first developer in Easton to offer this type of arrangement in a new project.

Rapid Rehousing is a federally funded program by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and works with local landlords to provide affordable housing options for women and families struggling with homelessness to obtain and retain safe and stable housing.

Vassel has been working with Third Street Alliance over the past year in an effort to include affordable housing within the Commodore project. Families will work with our Housing Navigator, Ellen Caban, to be placed in the apartment. If there is a need for employment, Vassel said he would assist in employing the tenant at one of the businesses in the building, or help find other work nearby, according to lehighvalleylive.com.

The project also received a $3 million grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Grants from this fund are awarded to projects that will provide economic impact to an area.

To learn about the project and its plans, read and watch the media coverage from WFMZ-Channel 69LehighValleyLive.com and The Morning Call.

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