Governor Wolf Announces Nearly $8.1 Million Awarded to Local Organizations in 28 Counties to Improve Housing


Harrisburg, PA – October 9, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has approved nearly $8.1 million for 44 housing projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing in 28 counties.

These projects are being supported by the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund, which is administered by PHFA and funded by Act 13’s impact fee on natural gas producers.

“A strength of this PHARE funding is that the projects that are supported are proposed by local governments based on evaluations of their community’s housing needs,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding is being used by local organizations and government leaders to address their most pressing housing concerns and provide the most immediate and positive impact.”

Award recipients were chosen during PHFA’s Board of Directors meeting earlier today.

“This is the fourth year that PHARE funding has been provided to Marcellus Shale counties, and it’s making a positive difference in the availability and affordability of housing in those regions of the state,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., PHFA’s executive director and CEO.

A list of the PHARE and Marcellus Shale impact fee funding recipients is provided below.

Program/Project Name
Approved Funding Level
Allegheny Swissvale, Rankin, North Braddock, Braddock, East Pittsburgh & Turtle Creek Modest Rehab for Resale Pilot Program $100,000
Armstrong Countywide Armstrong County PHARE Emergency Housing Program $57,000
Beaver Countywide Rental and Utility Assistance $25,000
Blair Countywide Blair County Rental Assistance Program $50,000
Bradford Countywide Leased Housing Rental Start-up $50,000
Bradford Athens Borough Page Manor Exterior Restoration $156,000
Bradford Wyalusing Borough Wyalusing Meadows $570,000
Bradford Athens Township Gateway Commons $500,000
Butler Center and Oakland Townships Owner Occupied Residential Rehabilitation Program $190,000
Butler Countywide Supportive Housing Opportunity Program Rental Counseling $25,000
Centre Marcellus Shale Well Host and Contiguous Municipalities Heating Assistance and Support Program $15,000
Clarion Countywide Clarion County’s PHARE Rental Assistance Project $50,000
Clearfield City of Dubois and Borough of Clearfield Clearfield County Rental Rehabilitation Program $67,000
Clinton Countywide Clinton County Rental Assistance and Education Project $47,000
Elk Countywide Elk County Emergency Repair Rehabilitation $38,000
Cameron Countywide Housing Stability PHARE $25,000
Fayette Brownsville Borough Brownsville Senior Housing $200,000
Greene Jefferson Borough Independence Place 2 $450,000
Greene Borough of Waynesburg Nazer Street Project $150,000
Greene Center Township Rogersville Project $165,000
Greene Countywide Greene County Veterans Housing Assistance Program $125,000
Indiana Indiana Borough Church Street Transitional Housing Rehab $55,000
Jefferson Countywide Jefferson County Housing Emergency Repair Assistance Program $30,000
Lawrence 16 of the County’s 27 Municipalities Have Confirmed Their Desire to Partner with the County on the Program Countywide Housing Rehabilitation and Blight Removal Program $40,000
Lycoming Brodart Neighborhood of City of Williamsport Brodart Neighborhood Improvement Program $515,000
Lycoming Designated Floodplain Areas with a focus on the Borough of Montoursville Lycoming County Flood Mitigation Program $785,000
Lycoming Countywide Lycoming County Supportive Housing Program $300,000
McKean Countywide McKean County Bridge Subsidy Program $40,000
Potter Countywide Potter County Homeless Prevention Program $30,000
Sullivan Countywide Rental Assistance Program  $70,000
Susquehanna Countywide Susquehanna County Rental and Utility Assistance $125,000
Susquehanna New Milford Borough New Milford Affordable Housing $1,300,000
Susquehanna Countywide Susquehanna County Home Buyer Assistance Grant Program $180,000
Tioga Countywide Leased Housing Rental Start-up $50,000
Tioga Mansfield Borough Sherwood Manor Roof Replacement $155,000
Tioga Tioga Borough, Osceola Township and Lawrenceville Borough Kenner Court/Garnet House/David’s By the Lake $100,000
Tioga Mansfield Borough Tioga View Apartments $110,000
Venango Polk Borough 704 Main St. Polk $5,000
Warren Specific Site Not Yet Identified Warren County Housing Project $25,000
Washington Borough of Claysville Claysville Patio Home Project $250,000
Washington Borough of Charleroi Char House Elevator Project $445,000
Washington Borough of Charleroi Charleroi Downpayment and Closing Cost Assistance $110,000
Westmoreland Countywide & West Newton Westmoreland County Homeownership Program & Cornerstone Building Project $140,000
Wyoming Countywide Wyoming County Home Buyer Assistance Grant Program $150,000
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