Yaw District Awarded Over $3 million in PHARE Funding

Funding Made Possible Through Natural Gas “Act 13” Impact Fees

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today commended the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Board of Directors for approving the release of $3.25 million in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) funding that will be distributed in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan and Susquehanna counties.

The approved projects will remediate and construct housing and address housing needs for seniors, low to moderate income individuals and individuals with disabilities.  The projects will also provide rental assistance, offer homeownership options and enhance flood mitigation efforts and education.

The 10 project recipients include:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Sullivan // Countywide // Rental Assistance Program // $70,000
  • Susquehanna // Countywide // Susquehanna County Rental and Utility Assistance // $125,000
  • Susquehanna // Countywide // Susquehanna County Home Buyer Assistance Grant Program // $180,000

“The lack of affordable housing in our region has led to higher than normal rents, overcrowding, substandard and unsafe housing for many families, worsening poor outcomes for those in many rural areas,” Sen. Yaw said.  “The PHARE Fund was created specifically to address these pressing needs.  I am thankful that we could direct many of the fees being paid by the natural gas industry towards this effort.  The ten projects approved for funding today will have a lasting, positive impact.”

For more information, contact:

Rita Zielonis
(717) 787-3280