Housing projects receive $95K in state funding

By: Lock Haven Express

Published: April 19, 2017

LOCK HAVEN — A Clinton County program to benefit families in need is among five housing-related projects in the 25th Senatorial District that will receive a total of $345,000 to improve availability and affordability of housing, according to state Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson.

Earning $95,000 is the Pennsylvania Interfaith Community Programs, Inc. New Start – Heating, Utilities, Housing and Transportation Assistance Program.

The New Start program will use this funding to help provide security deposit, rental assistance and heating/utility assistance to individuals and families across Clinton County and 11 additional counties in northeastern Pennsylvania.

It is anticipated that 45 households will benefit from this program.

Scarnati said the funding comes from Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund, which is supported through revenues from the National Housing Trust Fund, Realty Transfer Tax 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.

“This funding from PHARE and Marcellus Shale impact fee collections is a great investment within our region, and will provide help to those who need it most,” Scarnati said. “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 within our local region.”

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