Petrarca announces $423,000 in funding to expand housing options and assistance for those in need

HARRISBURG, July 15 – Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties will be able to assist low-to-moderate income residents with needed home repairs, rent or utility payment assistance, and emergency housing thanks to $423,000 in funds through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement fund, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced today.

“For many residents in the 55th District, these funds will allow them to have a safe place they can truly call home,” Petrarca said. “PHARE funds can help residents in need with roof or heating system repairs in their home, emergency housing, or help with rent or utility payments,” Petrarca said.

PHARE funding was awarded to the following organizations (including the project and amount):

  • County of Armstrong (Emergency Housing Program to assist homeless persons) – $148,000
  • Indiana County Office of Planning and Development (55 Roof and Heating Systems Replacement Program) – $100,000
  • Westmoreland County (Union Mission, providing transitional housing and emergency shelter space for men) – $75,000
  • Redevelopment Authority of Westmoreland County (Accessible Housing Program) – $100,000

PHARE program funding comes from a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in Pennsylvania and addresses the housing shortages caused by the impact of drilling. Those funds are supplemented with two additional funding sources, including a portion of the realty transfer tax and money from the National Housing Trust Fund.

More information is available at the following link: https://www.phfa.org/legislation/act105.aspx