Affordable Housing Grants Awarded in Local Communities

HARRISBURG – Low-income individuals and families in Beaver, Greene and Washington counties will benefit from a series of grants that were announced this week to support affordable housing projects throughout the region, according to Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46).

Grants totaling more than $2 million were announced by the Pennsylvania Housing Financing Agency, including:

  • $100,000 to the Community Growth Fund to establish a new loan program that will attract and leverage investment for multi-family housing projects.
  • $50,000 to the Community Development Program of Beaver County to support home modifications in households with mobility and/or safety challenges.
  • $25,000 to the Community Development Program of Beaver County to support rental and utility assistance to eligible low-income households.
  • $100,000 to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Greene to establish a down payment/closing cost fund and to launch a multi-faceted marketing campaign for its Home Ownership Center.
  • $800,000 to the Redevelopment Authority of the County of Greene to build homes in the town of Nineveh.
  • $700,000 to the Washington County Redevelopment Authority for the purchase of a 5.8-acre property in South Strabane Township, that will include up to 40 one-bedroom units for elderly persons aged 55 and older.
  • $52,500 to Blueprints’ to establish a Down Payment/Closing Cost Fund for its Home Ownership Center in Washington County.
  • $75,000 to Blueprints’ to establish a new Reentry Housing & Self-Sufficiency Program for female and male inmates at the Washington County Correctional Facility.
  • $105,000 to the Washington County Housing Authority to rehabilitate three housing units on Dawson Street in Canonsburg for low-income families.
  • $400,000 to MVAH Partners to provide 42 new affordable units for seniors at Canonsburg Senior Lofts.

“Finding and maintaining affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing low-income families,” Bartolotta said. “I appreciate the fact that these grants will help ease that burden on many members of our local communities and offer them the support they need to achieve financial independence.”

The grants were awarded through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE), which was created in 2010 to assist with the creation, rehabilitation and support of affordable housing throughout Pennsylvania. Funding for the grants is provided by the impact fee charged on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region and the state’s existing Realty Transfer Tax.

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