WEST CHESTER – April 17, 2017 – State Senator Andy Dinniman announced today that three Chester County organizations were awarded $900,000 in state funding to improve and expand affordable housing options for those in need.

“These funds will go a long way in supporting important programs that provide affordable and accessible housing options here in Chester County to some of our residents who need them the most,” Dinniman said.

The funding comes through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Program’s Real Estate Transfer Tax Fund (PHARE/RTT), administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

The awards are as follows:

  • $500,000 to Liberty Housing LP for the Liberty Housing Preservation Project. The funds will be used to complete substantial renovations and improvements to 50 housing units at Liberty House in Phoenixville, which provides housing and supportive living services to individuals with mental illness and their families. All units will receive mechanical upgrades and the residential amenities will be increased by 60 percent to expand the facility’s supportive housing programming.
     
  • $300,000 to the Chester County Department of Community Development for the Decade to Doorways System Expansion. The funds will be used to expand homeless prevention services to include street outreach, a housing locator, and case management to residents in all of the county’s five shelter facilities. This expansion will bolster the program’s efforts by increasing staff capacity, developing diversion programs, and providing support services to residents in permanent housing. 
     
  • $100,000 to Home of the Sparrow, a nonprofit organization that partners with women facing homelessness to secure housing and achieve long-term sustainability. The funds will be used to provide affordable and sustainable housing solutions to vulnerable populations, primarily women aged 55 and older and women with children reentering society from the criminal justice system. Funds will be used for bridge housing and rental assistance, as well as other program efforts. It is anticipated that 100 households will benefit from this program.

Act 58 of 2015 recently expanded the PHARE program – also known as the State Housing Trust Funding – to include revenues from the real estate transfer tax (RTT). The additional RTT funds allowed PHFA to expand PHARE to all 67 counties in the Commonwealth.

Under Act 58 (PHARE/RTT), PHFA receives an allocation of funds equal to the lesser of 40 percent  of the difference between the total dollar amount of the Realty Transfer Tax imposed under section 1102-C of the Tax Reform Code of 1971 collected for the prior fiscal year and the total amount of RTT estimated for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014. The PHARE/RTT fund is capped at $25 million annually.

 

Photo Gallery

Upcoming Events

August 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
July 30, 2017 July 31, 2017 August 1, 2017 August 2, 2017 August 3, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 5, 2017
August 6, 2017 August 7, 2017 August 8, 2017 August 9, 2017 August 10, 2017 August 11, 2017 August 12, 2017
August 13, 2017 August 14, 2017 August 15, 2017 August 16, 2017 August 17, 2017 August 18, 2017 August 19, 2017
August 20, 2017 August 21, 2017 August 22, 2017 August 23, 2017 August 24, 2017 August 25, 2017 August 26, 2017
August 27, 2017 August 28, 2017 August 29, 2017 August 30, 2017 August 31, 2017 September 1, 2017 September 2, 2017

Looking For Something

Still not finding what you're looking for? Please contact me or my staff so we can help you!