Three area organizations are receiving state grants from Pennsylvania to assist with affordable housing.

In total, $590,000 will be split between three organizations, two in Lawrence County and one in Mercer.

According to the release, the Lawrence County Department of Planning and Community Development is receiving $300,000 for a countywide blight removal program. The program would identify tipping-point neighborhoods, which are areas where public intervention has the potential to bring investments back to the area.

The Redevelopment Authority of Lawrence County is getting $250,000 to help with the Countywide Housing Rehabilitation and Blight Removal Program.

In Mercer County, $40,000 is going to the Community Action Partnership of Mercer County (CAPMC) for its three-phase Assets Match Program.

In the program, participants complete a budget counseling program, housing counseling and then can double their savings with CAPMC matching up to $1,000 through grant funding.

“I am grateful to see this critical investment in affordable housing made in the counties I’m honored to serve,” Representative Parke Wentling said.