Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE)
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The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) was established in 2010, and received its first round of funding in 2012. PHARE is administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. The fund can be used for a variety of purposes, including but not limited to: creating homes for rent or purchase to low and moderate income households, preventing and reducing homelessness, mortgage or rental assistance, and providing loans or grants to owner occupants for repairs or improvements to their homes. Funding is only available to the 37 counties with active natural gas wells, and that are directly impacted by natural gas extraction industries. The 2012 funding rresulted in 317 new rental units and rental assistance for 166 households.
The PHARE program is funded through an impact fee tied to activity in the Marcellus Shale region of the state. In 2012, $7.9 million was allocated, and $7.6 million was awarded to projects. In 2013, $8.7 million was allocated, and $8.5 million was awarded to projects. In 2014, $9.6 million was allocated, and $9.3 million was awarded. The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is working to create a dedicated source of revenue based on contributions from the state’s Realty Transfer Tax, and to expand the program’s reach to all counties in the state.
Contact: Bryce Maretzki, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, [email protected], 412-429-2841