Yaw: 23rd Senate District Awarded Nearly $3 Million in PHARE Funding

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

HARRISBURG –State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today commended the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Board of Directors for approving the release of $2,850,000 in Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) funding that will be distributed across Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties.

“PHARE is a crucial part of our overall effort to improve our economy and provide affordable housing to our region’s residents,” Yaw said.  “This funding is a substantial investment across the 23rd Senate District and will certainly provide help to those who need it most. It is important to acknowledge these dollars are made available, in large part, due to our natural gas industry.”

The 16 projects include:

Bradford County

  • Bradford County Housing Program – $185,000
  • TREHAB – Bradford County Homeownership Assistance – $515,000

Lycoming County

  • American Rescue Workers – Rental Assistance Program- $150,000
  • Asbury Foundation – Albright LIFE Lycoming Rental Assistance Program – $59,000
  • Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity – Home Preservation Program – $25,000
  • Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity – Memorial Homes – Scott Street House #3 – $100,000
  • Lycoming-Clinton Joinder Board – Interim Housing Program – $65,000
  • Sojourner Truth Ministries, Inc. – House of Hope – $51,000
  • STEP, Inc. – Homes-in-Need – $200,000
  • STEP, Inc. – Master Leasing Program – $250,000
  • STEP, Inc. – Supportive Housing Program – $200,000
  • STEP, Inc. – Urgent Need Program -$50,000
  • YWCA Northcentral PA – Liberty House $150,000

Sullivan County

  • Sullivan County Housing Stability Program – $100,000

Tioga County

  • United Christian Ministries, Inc. – Sister Jenny’s Charities – Renovations and Restorations, United Christian Ministries, Inc. – Homelessness Prevention – $600,000

Union County

  • Union-Snyder Community Action Agency – Comprehensive Housing Program – $150,000

The PHFA works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families and people with special housing needs. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.

For more state-related news and information, constituents can visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or follow him on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.

Elizabeth Weitzel

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