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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Local Housing Programs Get State Money

Last week we told you about projects in Bradford and Potter County that will be receiving money to improve availability and affordability of housing. Today, Senator Joe Scarnati sent us list that includes seven additional projects.

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 10groups 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 R
idgmont 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

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