$210K coming for housing in county

The Warren County Housing Project will receive $210,000 from Marcellus Shale impact fees and the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund to improve the availability and affordability of housing.

The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) approved $8.45 million in funding for projects in 22 counties in the Marcellus Shale region of the state.

The Warren County Housing Project will acquire and renovate at least two properties, according to Bob Raible, executive director of the Warren-Forest Economic Opportunities Council.

“It is a project that will serve low income people with chronic mental health diagnoses and history. We have two properties in already mind, and plan on at least five apartments, but we anticipate more,” he said.

He noted that for any properties EOC rehabilitates, they add fire sprinkler systems. “It’s definitely the smart thing to do for us.”

Raible said EOC personnel wrote an application and the county submitted it in the first week of June, after Lorri Dunlap, county grants administrator looked at it. “We made sure we had Lorri’s input,” he said.

To be eligible for the funding, counties must have active Marcellus Shale gas wells within its borders.

Brian Hudson, Sr., the executive director and CEO of PHFA said, “We are impressed this year with the diversity of quality housing programs receiving funding, reflecting the implementation of local solutions to housing challenges.”

“We’re also pleased to see counties taking a more comprehensive approach to addressing their housing needs, which is the approach we want to encourage,” he added.