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Housing Programs Receive State Funding

September 19, 2013
Ten housing projects in the 25th Senatorial District will receive more than $1.3 million to improve availability and affordability of housing, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
 
According to Scarnati the $1,303,653 awarded within the 25th Senatorial District is part of more than $8.45 million being distributed to groups in a total of 22 counties through this round of funding.
 
Scarnati explained that the funding comes from Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund and Marcellus Shale impact fees. The PHARE program is administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency which works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low and moderate income families and people with special housing needs.
 
“As the need for housing within our region continues to grow, it is essential that we make sure our communities have the support that they need to ensure people have access to safe and affordable housing,” Scarnati stated. “This funding from PHARE and Marcellus Shale impact fee collections is a substantial investment within our region, and will provide help to those who need it most.”
 
Scarnati said that the ten groups receiving money in the 25th Senatorial District are located in a total of seven counties.
 
The following projects will receive support:
 
•                      Clearfield County Blight Prevention & Housing Rehab., Clearfield County - $125,000 
•                      Clinton County Homeowner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Initiative, Clinton County - $250,000
•                      Ridgmont Senior Cottages, Elk County - $50,000
•                      City of Bradford Second Ward Neighborhood Revitalization Project, McKean County - $20,000
•                      57 Hawthorne Road structure demolition to make room for low-income housing project, McKean County - $20,000
•                      Potter County Homeless Prevention Program, Potter County - $129,865
•                      Tioga County Leased Housing Rental Start-up Program, Tioga County - $50,000
•                      Tioga County Homeless Initiative, Rental Assistance Program, Tioga County - $107,500
•                      Tioga County Department of Human Services, Tioga County - $341,288
•                      Warren County Housing Project, Warren County - $210,000

More information regarding the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and a full list of programs receiving support through this round of funding can be found on the PHFA website: http://www.phfa.org/forms/phare_plan/2013_PHARE_Reservation_of_Funds.pdf

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