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EXCLUSIVE: Isle of Que Called a “Slum” Making it Eligible to Receive $100k in Funding to Improve Houses

June 8, 2017

By Hilde Kate Lysiak

The Isle of Que will be labeled a “slum” so that the borough will be able to get federal money  in order to raise up more houses where flood damage could occur and make other improvements, the Orange Street News has learned.

The decision was announced at the June 5th board meeting.

Snyder county gets around $400,000 a year from the Community Development Block Grant Program. Thirty percent of that goes to Selinsgrove Borough. That means $96,500 can only be used for certain things like:

*water system improvements

*sanitary sewer system improvements

*storm sewer improvements

*house rehabilitation

*housing construction/reconstruction

*to prevent blight or slum

(and more)

“It takes a lot of money to raise a house,” Borough Manager Paul Williams told the OSN.

However, some people who live in the Isle of Que were not happy to hear that their neighborhood would be called a slum.

A slum is defined as “a squalid and overcrowded urban street or district inhabited by very poor people.” The Isle of Que is known locally by residents as a nice, tree lined area.

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“Slum” in Mumbai, India

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“Slum” Isle of Que in Selinsgrove

“That is not right. It is beautiful over here. The river is beautiful, its a great place to live,” Isle Of Que resident Judy Kline told them OSN.

But other Isle residents were happy the Borough Council were taking steps to help improve their properties.

Isle Of Que resident Jacob Merting told the OSN it was the right move to call the area a slum or else it would be “unfair that most people can’t raise there houses” without the funding.

The Borough Council will hold a meeting on August 7 to discuss more details to the public.


4 comments on “EXCLUSIVE: Isle of Que Called a “Slum” Making it Eligible to Receive $100k in Funding to Improve Houses

  1. Chase Barber
    June 8, 2017

    great reporting. keep up the good work


  2. Tony Chapman
    June 8, 2017

    It maybe insulting but don’t knock the money. I live in a nice house but it needs some help. If calling it a trash pile helped get the money to fix important thing that can’t even be seen then call me Oscar the Grouch. 🙂


  3. Lorie Simcox
    June 10, 2017

    Do you people realize what you are doing to our property values by calling the Isle of Que a slum area? The Isle of Que is the most beautiful part of Selinsgrove! I guess everyone who comes over here to jog, walk, and ride bike love the “Slum Scenery”. Id much rather live here then in a bunch of row houses on Orange St.


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