Harris applauds $950,000 in PHARE funding for district

PHILADELPHIA, July 18 – State Rep. Jordan Harris, D-Phila., House Democratic whip, announced today that two organizations in his district received a total of $950,000 from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund to help renovate and construct affordable housing.

“This much-needed funding will improve and maintain access to affordable housing for those who need it the most,” Harris said. “Having consistent access to affordable housing is key in helping people maintain a quality standard of life in a place they can call their own home.”

The Office for Community Development of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will receive $750,000 in PHARE funding toward the construction of St. Rita Place. This five-story, mixed use building will be built on a currently vacant lot and will include 46 one-bedroom apartments targeted toward seniors.

Holy Trinity Baptist Church Enterprises Inc. will receive $200,000 in PHARE funding toward the Fitzwater Homes Preservation Project. This project will rehabilitate and extend the affordability of 22 units in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood of the 186th Legislative District. These units are targeted toward low-income families.

PHARE, which is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, was established in 2010 to provide the mechanism to allocate certain state or federal funds to assist with the creation, rehabilitation and support of affordable housing throughout the state.