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County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board Seeks to Fill Two Vacancies

– Carlisle PA – The Cumberland County Affordable Housing Trust Fund—a volunteer body which meets quarterly to discuss housing-related issues and make recommendations to the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners and Housing and Redevelopment Authorities—has two open seats on its board of directors. Both would serve as at- large directors on the board which meets quarterly.

In December 1992, Act 137 was passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly allowing counties to increase the recording fees of deeds and mortgages to support or enhance local affordable housing efforts. In 1996, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners established the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and a board of directors with its makeup comprised of representatives of various sectors of the community involved in different aspects of affordable housing. The Board of Commissioners approves appointments to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund’s board of directors.

The board reviews proposals and recommends programs to support affordable housing in the county. These include providing local matches for federal HOME funds, funding the Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance Program for first-time homebuyers, and offering the Emergency Repair Loan Program and Accessibilities Improvements Grant Program for county homeowners—all administered by the Housing and Redevelopment Authorities.

Anyone interested in serving as a member of the Cumberland County Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board of Directors is asked to submit a letter of interest to Housing and Redevelopment Authorities Executive Director Ben Laudermilch at blaudermilch@cchra.com or by mail to the Authorities at 114 N. Hanover St., Carlisle PA, 17013. Letters may include a resume and should be submitted no later than January 25, 2013.