HARRISBURG, PA — Chester County’s Democratic state Reps. Carolyn Comitta, Kristine Howard, Melissa Shusterman, Dan Williams, Christina Sappey and Danielle Friel Otten announced that housing programs in Chester County will receive $3.08 million through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund.
The PHARE fund is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and funds are sourced from Marcellus shale fees, realty transfer taxes and the national housing trust fund.
The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Board has approved Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) and Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) funding for the following:
- $2,111,729 for Melton Center Apartments to construct two four-story townhomes and mid-rise buildings consisting of 31 one, two, three, and four-bedroom units for general occupancy.
- $55,000 for PA Home of the Sparrow to provide assistance to homeless and near homeless households in the form of rental and mortgage payments, security deposits, utility arrearages, emergency shelter and case management.
- $100,000 for Housing Authority of Chester County to install new windows at the public housing development, Locust Court.
- $150,000 for Safe Harbor of Chester County, Inc. to provide case management services to help homeless residents move toward self-sustainability and permanent housing placement.
- $1,125,000 for Pennrose, LLC to provide numerous capital improvements to Liberty House.
- $100,000 for Housing Authority of Chester County to assist Chester County residents in finding and maintaining permanent, affordable housing.
- $75,000 for Friends Association for Care & Protection of Children to provide immediate critical support to help families regain stability and long-term (12-18 months) services through their Homeless Prevention Program.
- $50,000 for Gaudenzia Foundation, Inc. to assist chronically homeless persons in recovery from substance abuse.
- $350,000 for Chester County Department of Community Development to provide services through their Decade to Doorways program that addresses homelessness in the county.
- $200,000 for Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center to provide free culinary instruction, certification, and job placement counseling for workforce development.
“I am absolutely thrilled to see state funds directed to such incredible programs in our community. These funds will allow our local organizations to continue providing their critical services, as well as expand in order to better serve our residents,” Comitta said. “Affordable housing is key to attracting and retaining the diverse population that makes Chester County a special place to live, work and play for everyone.”
Other awardees include PA Home of the Sparrow’s Homelessness Prevention and Diversion program and Liberty House. PA Home of the Sparrow will receive $55,000 and Liberty House will receive $1.125 million toward preservation expenses.
“I’m grateful that Governor Wolf distributed so much funding to affordable housing programs in Chester County, especially Home of the Sparrow, which is in my district. These funds provide people with opportunities to raise their families and invest in communities throughout Chester County, so I’m thankful to see that many residents will benefit from these valuable services.” Howard said.
“I’m thrilled to see that Liberty House in my district is receiving such substantial funding,” Shusterman said “Affordable housing is just one of many ways we can extend a helping hand to our neighbors in need. I commend the grant recipients on their excellent work and hope that these funds will further empower them in their mission.”
Williams, Sappey and Otten added they were grateful to see funds invested in affordable housing throughout Chester County because many of their constituents and residents throughout the county will benefit from these programs.
“Each of these programs provides a valuable service to residents in the 74th district looking for affordable housing, especially in Coatesville. My thanks to Governor Wolf for these awards and my deepest congratulations to the recipients for the noble services they provide to our most vulnerable neighbors,” Williams said.
“Residents throughout Chester County benefit from these housing programs. According to the Chester County Department of Community Development, on any given night, 570 people experience homelessness in Chester County. These funds will go a long way in addressing these concerns,” Sappey said.
“I’m grateful for the work these programs do to help Chester County residents gain access to rental housing and homeownership,” Otten said. “Expanding the availability of affordable housing is essential for communities and working families in Chester County and across our Commonwealth.”
More information on PHARE funds can be found on the PA Housing Finance Agency’s website.
Source: Rep. Dan Williams, 74th Legislative District