Kim announces $1.355M in PHARE funding

State Rep. Patty Kim announced today that money is being awarded to support neighbors who need housing. 

“Quality affordable housing is something that all families deserve,” said Kim, D-Dauphin. “These dollars will help hundreds of our neighbors who deal with extraordinary circumstances remain or become independent homeowners.” 

The funding comes from the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund, or PHARE, which was established to provide for the delivery of state and federal funds, as well as funds from other sources, to help create, rehabilitate and support affordable housing for all throughout Pennsylvania.

More information about the PHARE program can be found on the PA Housing Finance Agency’s website.


Sycamore Homes Organization: Steel Works Construction, LLC Funding Reserved: $400,000 (Realty Transfer Tax)

Proposal Description: The proposed Sycamore Homes project is a 23-unit affordable, mixed income housing development in South Harrisburg. Sycamore Homes is located on the 1400 Sycamore Street, just a few blocks away from the state capitol complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This approximately $3 million project has been thoughtfully designed with a heart for creating safe, affordable, and efficient housing within a community that provides opportunities for education, growth, and mentorship.


Coordinated Entry/Street Homeless Rapid Rehousing Organization: Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area Funding Reserved: $65,000 (Realty Transfer Tax)

Proposal Description: Christian Churches United (CCU) proposes to continue partnering with the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness to strengthen the Coordinated Entry system for those dealing with a housing crisis in Dauphin County and integrate those efforts with our Street Outreach/Emergency Shelter Placement, Rapid Rehousing and Housing Locator services for unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. PHARE funding will enable CCU to maintain Coordinated Entry staff member in the HELP Ministries office along with 1.5 FTE Street Homeless Case Managers and a part time Housing Locator.


A Continuum of Housing and Emergency Services for Homeless Dauphin County Youth Organization: Valley Youth House Committee Funding Reserved: $100,000 (Realty Transfer Tax)

Proposal Description: The project will expand the agency’s housing and emergency services for homeless transition-age young people (ages 18-24) across Dauphin County. PHARE funding will be used to help underwrite the Transitional Living Program and Access Point and will provide the agency funding to sustain the RRH component that began as a pilot program last year through COVID-19 ESG funds. PHARE funding will Representative Kim also provide the agency with the data and time needed to complete a competitive RRH application to HUD that will sustain the Rapid Re-Housing program in the following years.


Rehabilitation of 208 Hummel Street to Provide Case Management Services Organization: Brethren Housing Association Funding Reserved: $150,000 (Realty Transfer Tax)

Proposal Description: Brethren Housing Association will use PHARE funding to rehabilitate 208 Hummel Street in South Allison Hill and provide case management services for single women and their children experiencing homelessness. This rehabilitated space will be used for offices where BHAs Family Advocates will provide case management and Life Skills classes for the families living in BHAs bridge housing program, Transitions.


Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area Homeownership Program Organization: Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area Funding Reserved: $150,000 (Realty Transfer Tax)

Proposal Description: Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area (HFHGHA) is requesting $250,000 in PHARE funding to construct 1.5 single-family homes in Steelton in Dauphin County. Each home is anticipated to have 1200 sq. ft. and have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. HFHGHA will partner with two families in their Homeownership Program to fulfill the requirements of the program and eventually purchase the homes.


Resident Dorm Improvement Project (East Shore YMCA) Organization: Harrisburg Area Young Men's Christian Association Funding Reserved: $500,000 (Realty Transfer Tax)

Proposal Description: The Resident Dorm Improvement Project is designed to help with the health and safety of the residents and promote the public interest of serving those in need in the community. This project will be the rehabilitation of the 86 existing units to include installation of appropriate HVAC (heating and cooling units) and the updating of each unit’s cosmetic features