For Immediate Release
Contact: David F. Sheppard, Jr., CAE
Executive Vice President
HBA AWARDS GRANT TO NON PROFIT HOUSING ORGANIZATION
The Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Harrisburg (HBA) announced a $2500 contribution to the Tri-County Housing Development Corporation (Tri-County HDC). HBA Immediate Past President Vicki Shannon presented the check to Tri-County HDC’s Executive Director Gary E. Lenker at a recent HBA function.
The HBA’s contribution came from its Community Service Fund managed by the The Foundation for Enhancing Communities TEFC). The Fund was established in 2008 as committee-advised fund at TFEC to assist non-profit organizations in the community to accomplish their mission.
“It is our intent to assist those organizations that give back to our community” said Shannon. “We are especially interested in organizations that provide support to those that help meet the challenge to provide safe, decent and affordable housing as well as those that are addressing some of our communities most pressing challenges”.
The Tri-County HDC is such an organization. Founded in 1990, its mission is to promote and develop affordable housing for low and moderate-income individuals and families located in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry Counties. Tri-County’s activities are structured in direct response to local affordable housing needs and projects are developed within the context of building partnerships, revitalizing communities and supporting homeowners and residents.
Tri-County HDC has developed and/or rehabilitated nearly 700 affordable housing units. It operates with a volunteer, 18 member Board of Directors that includes 6 board members from designated low-moderate income neighborhoods and several advisory board members with affordable housing experience. In addition, it employs three full-time individuals. Tri-County is a not for profit certified Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO). Current projects include Hummel Street-City of Harrisburg, Lawrence Street-Middletown Borough and Reno Avenue-New Cumberland Borough.
The HBA’s mission is “Supporting building industry professionals and serving as a respected community resource.” Shannon said “HBA members are part of the community in the metropolitan Harrisburg region. We build, do business and live next to all of you. We have a stake in what is going on. That is why we want to give back.”