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Mission Statement

In order to make Berks County a better place to live, the Redevelopment Authority provides access to federal, state, and local funds for community redevelopment and housing rehabilitation.

About the Redevelopment Authority

The Redevelopment Authority was formed in 1961 under Pennsylvania’s Urban Redevelopment Law. Its mission is to eliminate blight and dangerous conditions. The Authority is authorized by the Board of County Commissioners and operates independently. Building a vibrant community, through eliminating blight and dangerous conditions is a collaborative effort. The Authority is in partnership with County government and local municipalities, Pennsylvania state agencies, area non-profits, and community groups. Our focus is to locate and support economic development opportunities for business owners and developers, as well as to assist local businesses with obtaining the capital they seek to invest and expand.

In the past 50-plus years, the Redevelopment Authority has played an important part in helping to make Berks County a great place to live, work and play. It has worked in everything from flood recovery efforts to management of the County’s federal entitlement housing and community development programs. It fulfills its role in the County’s community revitalization, using tools and funding programs administered by federal, state and local government agencies.

Board Members and Solicitors

  • Mr. Glenn Yeager, Chairman
  • Ms. Eileen Kastura, Vice Chairman
  • Mr. Diodato Bassano, Treasurer
  • Mr. Thomas Ruth, Secretary
  • Mr. Jorge Diaz, Assistant Secretary/Assistant Treasurer
  • Mr. Daniel Becker, Esq. Solicitor, Kozloff Stoudt
  • Ms. Joan E. London, Esq. Solicitor, Kozloff Stoudt

Administrative

  • Kenneth Pick, Executive Director
  • Jaime Perez, Deputy Director
  • Kathy A. Miller, Fiscal Officer
  • Kyre Maxwell, Assistant Fiscal Officer
  • Susan Buono, Executive Assistant
  • Michele Hummel, Assistant Fiscal Officer

Facility/Housing

  • Tyler Reese, Facility & Housing Manager
  • Ethan Giorgio, Maintenance Technician
  • Pauline Klopp, Redevelopment Generalist
  • Jowanna Gary, Redevelopment Generalist
  • Marisol Martinez, Redevelopment Generalist

News / Announcements

HOT News

Colebrookdale Spur - Railroad
News Date:

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Re: CRISI Grant & RRIF Loan Documentation
Major Systems Program (MSP)
News Date:

Sunday, January 15, 2023

The WHRP offers forgivable loan funding for low-to-moderate income homeowners or a zero-interest loan equivalent to small landlords.  These funds will be used to pay for fundamental repairs, replacement of a major system or items in their home or weatherization of homes and rental units.  A link to the program description will be available beginning July 5, 2023.

General Announcements

Departmental Operations
Please call our office to make an appointment. Please use the gray metal drop box in the lobby at 400 E. Wyomissing Avenue in Mohnton for rent payments, mail and/or packages.
Public Meetings Via Zoom
Due to COVID-19 the Redevelopment Authority will conduct public meetings via Zoom telecommunications. Please check our Calendar of Events to see the dates of the public meetings.

Public Meetings / Information

Upcoming Meetings

Friday, June 7, 2024
Event Time:10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
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Resources

Visit this page to see view reports and documents, information for municipalities and our comprehensive plan.

Links

The Redevelopment Authority administers grants from federal, state and local programs to meet the objectives of the Berks County Comprehensive Plan. Below are links that lead from the Berks County website, and represent opportunities for additional funding. Links are provided for informational purposes only.

Federal CDBG Program

U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Site

City of Reading

Reading Eagle Times

Greater Berks Development Fund

Berks County Chamber of Commerce

Greater Reading Convention & Visitors' Bureau

Directory of Social Services in Berks County PA for Homeless & At-Risk Residents Brochure [English][Spanish]

Berks Coalition to End Homelessness

United Way of Berks County

American Red Cross, Berks County Chapter

PA DCNR Environmental Conservation Grants for Pennsylvania Organizations

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants

Solar and renewable energy low-interest loans for PA Homeowners

http://www.keystonehelp.com