Governor Wolf to Eliminate Blight, Develop Affordable Senior Housing in Nanticoke SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure, Press Release, Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf helped move forward efforts to eliminate blighted buildings and construct 40 affordable housing units for seniors on a two-block portion of downtown Nanticoke, Luzerne County by awarding a $1 million grant to these projects.“Providing homes for our seniors to live comfortably in their communities is vitally important to their quality of life and I’m pleased this grant will help in such a significant way,” Governor Wolf said. “Removing blighted buildings and replacing them with affordable housing is a win for residents and a boost to economic development in the region.”New Horizons Development Corporation was approved for the $1 million grant to revitalize a portion of East Main Street in the downtown area of Nanticoke. Blighted buildings will be demolished and reconstructed into 40 affordable housing units for seniors at or below 60 percent of area median income. In addition to the housing, the building will house a LIFE program on the ground floor in partnership with LIFE Geisinger to provide eligible older adults with the support they may need to continue living independently. A parking structure will also be built into the building that will serve as parking for the housing as well as the business district of Nanticoke.“Governor Wolf’s strategic support of Nanticoke, through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, will enable the Nantego Development Project to bring new housing and retail opportunities to downtown Nanticoke continuing the city’s revitalization and spurring additional economic development throughout the South Valley,” said State Senator John Yudichak.“The revitalization of downtown Nanticoke will get a boost thanks to this funding obtained in partnership with Governor Wolf, Senator Yudichak, and city officials,” said Rep. Gerald Mullery. “Older residents will welcome the new affordable housing options and local businesses and customers will benefit from the additional parking.”“The efforts put forth by New Horizons Development Corporation to work collaboratively with local community leaders, including LIFE Geisinger, to identify a creative housing option that will preserve and improve the quality of life for residents of the City of Nanticoke mirrors the Wolf Administration’s commitment to ensure that older Pennsylvanians can live and age well in the setting of their choice for as long as possible,” said Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne. “With a growing aging population, this collaborative revitalization investment demonstrates a shared desire to create an age-friendly future for all our residents.”“Aging brings changes that affect individuals’ physical health, but living apart from their family and community can affect their mental health by leading to feelings of isolation and depression,” said Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “Older Pennsylvanians deserve the opportunity to age safely in place and live in their community and near their family and friends. This development will make that possible for more Pennsylvanians.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. August 17, 2018
Stone said there will be another executive cabinet meeting to discuss USG’s contingency plan for fulfilling the regular responsibilities of the senior director of programming for the remainder of the semester. In the meantime, he said it was important to maintain this professional courtesy for Houston while also being transparent about the presidential removal process. “We signed on because we firmly believe that USG and its programming board should be as inclusive and as diverse as possible,” Viotto said. “We loved the amendment that [the] Senate had voted on to promote that inclusivity and diversity and wanted to make sure the language remains the same.” Houston expressed concern that the new process of incorporating assemblies would place a financial burden on the programming branch and make it difficult to accommodate the needs of existing committees. Montana Houston, former senior director of programming, was removed after several assemblies under the programming branch co-signed a statement detailing complaints against her. (Catherine Liang | Daily Trojan) Houston assumed the senior director of programming position in February 2019 after she was appointed by Stone and Tahsin following their election win. President Trenton Stone would not disclose the circumstances of the violation. Former Undergraduate Student Government Executive Officer Montana Houston was removed from her position as senior director of programming Tuesday following violation of USG policy and complaints from USG-affiliated assemblies. The decision came after several assemblies under the programming branch sent a joint statement to the executive cabinet outlining frustrations with her proposed amendment regarding the incorporation of new assemblies. “We’ve had conversations in the past over numerous weeks, the fall semester and spring semester,” Stone said. “And this is the first formal complaint from the group as a whole. But there have been conversations and attempts to make adjustments over a number of weeks.” Stone declined to comment on the content of the complaints, citing professional courtesy, but mentioned that they had been brought to the attention of the cabinet on multiple occasions. Eleonora Viotto, director of the Political Student Assembly, said the assembly signed the letter along with other cultural groups in solidarity with organizations that benefit from the bylaw, including the Native American Student Union. The original bylaw, which was approved in a USG meeting in early February, stipulated that for an assembly to be recognized under USG, the organization would have to provide either the signatures of five presidents of member organizations looking for incorporation or a petition signed by one registered student organization president and 50 or more current undergraduate students. Houston’s amendment, in reference to this section, would eliminate the second option. Houston said she received disparaging treatment from USG members for her opinions on changing the bylaws, referencing a hostile work environment. “I think there’s a balance of respecting the privacy of [Houston] and the different things that have occurred, as well as the privacy of the programming directors and assistant directors that sent the dissent letter,” Stone said. “There’s no requirement for us to [notify] the entire organization or the student body by any means, but I think [it is] in the best interest of just keeping everyone in the loop and trying to be communicative.” Assemblies, such as the Latinx Student Assembly and the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, drafted and signed the letter sent to Stone and Vice President Mahin Tahsin after Tuesday’s Senate meeting. LSA and QuASA declined to comment further on the complaints outlined in the letter. Stone said Houston’s removal was decided by a majority vote of executives after the joint statement requested their official intervention. This process is guided by the USG bylaws, which outline the removal of a presidentially appointed USG member by the executive cabinet. “I was a target because I kind of supported different views, and I was targeted personally about my intelligence by my fellow [executive] members,” Houston said. “The sentiment grew from a very intellectual discourse that was really respectful.” Houston’s proposed amendment would change how future assemblies are incorporated within the programming branch and how they are differentiated from committees. NASU members presented their support of the resolution in the February meeting’s open forum, acknowledging their appreciation of the opportunity to take advantage of more resources guaranteed by USG recognition.