The city of Erie’s code enforcement officers will soon receive a $200,000 boost from state government.

Kathy Wyrosdick, the city’s director of planning and neighborhood resources, confirmed that the city of Erie’s application for a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development grant – aimed at streamlining operations and improving efficiency for the city employees who track blighted properties and investigate code violations, among other tasks – has been approved. 

The state funding, as well as $20,000 in city funds that is a required 10% match for the grant, would be used to both purchase new computer equipment for code enforcement operations and to hire a consultant to handle a comprehensive technology assessment focused on the city’s code enforcement office.

That office enforces housing and building codes for the roughly 38,000 structures within city limits.