Hill-Evans announces $328,600 in PHARE funding for the district

HARRISBURG, July 23 – State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, today announced that Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement funding was approved for several projects in York County, in a very competitive new round of funding for housing programs.

“Over $328,000 of PHARE funds will positively impact our district,” Hill-Evans said. “Many of these proposals seek to fill in gaps by helping residents, under the threat of eviction or foreclosure, who are not currently being assisted due to a lack in any other available funding. These funds will mean the difference between stable housing and living on the streets for those affected, including but not limited to senior citizens and veterans who are having trouble with foreclosures on their homes, as well as first-time homebuyers who can benefit from these funds.”

The PHARE funding for York County is divided into six awards going to four organizations:

  • $100,000 for Bell Socialization Services to provide homeless rental assistance and homeless prevention for those in York County struggling to maintain safe, stable housing.
  • $100,000 for Emmanuel Community Development Corp. to provide for five veterans housing units at the East Side Community and Heath Center by 2020.
  • $75,000 for the YWCA of York, which provides free comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, as they are the only provider in York County. This will fund a new security system at their transitional housing facilities, as well as a replacement of ductless air-conditioning units and interior painting.
  • $26,000 for the Community Progress Council to assist seniors and households with delinquent taxes to create sustainable and long-term budget solutions to avoid foreclosure.
  • $15,000 for the Community Progress Council to offer on-site educational programs in remote areas of York County, by providing services through video/audio, Skype or other video conferencing means.
  • $12,600 for the Community Progress Council’s Renter Readiness program and educational workshops, providing an educational program meant to better prepare first-time renters and returning renters who have faced barriers from credit, housing and criminal histories.

Since 2012, the PHARE program has received a portion of impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in the state with the goal of addressing the housing shortage caused by the impact of drilling. That is supplemented with two major new funding sources that include a portion of the realty transfer tax and money from the National Housing Trust Fund.

A list of the proposals receiving PHARE funding, often referred to as the state’s Housing Trust Fund, is available at www.phfa.org/legislation/act105.aspx. See the fifth bullet for “Funding Announcements.”

For more information, call Hill-Evans’ district office at 717-848-9595.