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Housing funds to be shifted to home rehab

October 14, 2021 Digital Media Exclusive

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Due to a lack of requests by residents for rent, mortgage and utility assistance in two townships, more funding will be available for owner-occupied home rehabilitation.

Wendy Leslie, the county's Community Development Block Grant administrator, told county commissioners at their Wednesday meeting that no residents of Penn or Summit townships requested funds to pay rent, mortgage or utility bills.

She asked for and received approval to move $47,178 from the fund to Penn Township's housing rehab program.

Leslie said if the county does not use the CDBG grant funds, they must be returned to the state.

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Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs

Paula Grubbs is a Butler County native who has been with the Butler and Cranberry Eagle newspapers since June 2000. Grubbs has covered the Mars School District and Middlesex Township for over 20 years with the Eagle and her former employer, the Cranberry Journal. She also covers Adams Township, Evans City and Mars in addition to events and incidents throughout Southwestern Butler County as assigned. Grubbs has taken the lead at the Cranberry Eagle in reporting on shale gas development, which has been a hotly debated topic in the recent past, both locally and nationally. A 1979 graduate of Butler Senior High School and a 1994 graduate of Geneva College, Grubbs has won a Golden Quill and four Keystone state awards, plus an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grubbs enjoys following the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers, volunteers with the Connoquenessing Creek Cleanup each summer, and loves spending time outdoors and bird watching at her Penn Township home. Grubbs is the daughter of James R. Davis Sr., of Center Township, and the late Maxine Davis. She has two grown children, Jacqueline and Thomas.