Funding obtained through the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee
HARRISBURG – Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) today announced a total of $1,088,000 in funding is being made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Program (PHARE) to help meet the growing demand for available, affordable housing in the 68th Legislative District.
PHARE is funded through the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee, which was established in 2012 as a fee assessed on the natural gas drilling industry in addition to standard business taxes. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been collected through the fee each year, which is then distributed to counties to be used to help address various impacts from the industry. A portion of that money is used for housing needs through PHARE.
“The population in the Northern Tier has been growing rapidly over the past several years, and this has resulted in a housing shortage that PHARE is helping to address,” said Baker. “This funding will help especially with those individuals and families who have limited financial means. I am grateful so many projects in our area have been chosen to receive funding, and look forward to seeing the money put to good use.”
Projects in the 68th District which are slated to receive funding include:
Bradford County Homeowners Rehabilitation Program - $175,000 to assist households with financing for health and safety, weatherization and energy conservation repairs and upgrades to their homes.
Bradford County Home Purchase Grant Program - $535,000 to assist with down payment and closing costs, as well as necessary repairs to the property in order to obtain loan approval or for the general liability and safety of the home.
Potter County Homeless Prevention Program - $40,000 to provide homeless prevention services in the form of short- and medium-term rental assistance, and security and utility deposits to low-income households that are at risk of becoming homeless.
Tioga County Department of Human Services - $72,000 to assist with homeless prevention activities including rental, utility, relocation and hardship assistance to eligible individuals and families.
David’s by the Lake - $83,000 to supplement the HUD Continuum of Care grant by providing rental assistance, on-site supportive services and building operations costs. David’s by the Lake offers apartments for homeless families with children or older couples without children.
Kenner Court/Garnet House - $91,000 to supplement the HUD Continuum of Care grant by providing for rental subsidies, building operations and the on-site supportive services offered at the two facilities, which offer housing for homeless individuals.
Tioga County-St. James Relocation Expenses - $92,000 to assist with expenses associated with the temporary relocation of 22 individuals currently being served by the Bridge Housing, Mental Health Residential Supportive Housing, and Transitional Youth Independent Living programs.
“As more people come into the area and purchase properties, we must also continue to look for ways to help those individuals who may have lost a job, fallen ill or face other circumstances in which they could be left in an unhealthy home or face homelessness,” said Baker. “The funding our area is receiving will help provide some of these people with the assistance they need.”
Baker noted projects in the 68th Legislative District slated to receive funding are among 40 housing projects totaling $6.2 million approved to meet housing needs in 29 counties across the Commonwealth.