Snyder: Over $1 million OK’d for projects in Greene, Fayette counties

Housing projects to benefit from impact fee funds

HARRISBURG, Oct. 8 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today approved more than $1 million for five housing projects in Greene and Fayette counties.

The local projects seeded by funding from impact fees on natural gas producers and administered by the PHFA’s PHARE -- Pennsylvania House Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement -- Fund are:

  • $200,000 for the Brownsville Senior Housing Project, which features rehabilitation and new construction at 5 Market St. to include 24 affordable, senior housing apartments augmented by first-floor retail outlets and 17 parking spaces;
  • $450,000 for the Independence Place 2 project in Jefferson Borough to develop four units of affordable housing;
  • $165,000 for the Rogersville Project to acquire the former Center Township High School/Rogersville Elementary School site and remove demolition debris to develop single-story townhomes;
  • $150,000 for the Nazer Street Project in Waynesburg for site acquisition and demolition to develop two, three-bedroom, single-family homes in coordination with Habitat for Humanity; and
  • $125,000 to provide rental and utility assistance through the Greene County Housing Assistance Program to veterans who do not qualify for other assistance.

Snyder noted that the funding for the Brownsville project follows the $1.4 million in funding and tax credits announced in May to launch the renewal project.

“All five projects will go a long way toward improving housing stock and availability throughout the area,” Snyder said. “The Marcellus Shale impact fees continue to provide dividends and tangible benefits to the region.”

Gov. Tom Wolf said the $8.1 million in PHFA financing approved today will address pressing housing concerns via 44 housing projects in 28 counties.