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Housing - PHARE 

Background: The Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE) is a statewide fund that provides funding to support the creation, rehabilitation, and support of affordable housing in Pennsylvania.  The PHARE Program is administered by Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority (PHFA) and was established by Act 105 of 2010 (the "PHARE Act").

Since 2012, the PHARE program has gained funds through Impact Fees imposed on natural gas companies by the Commonwealth.  This Marcellus Shale (Act 13) Fund provides an annual allocation of $5 million into the PHARE Program with the potential for additional revenues when funds remain following eligible disbursements to qualifying municipalities.  These funds are made available for competitive application to counties experiencing natural gas well drilling. 

Additional information about the PHARE program, including previously funded projects, is available on PHFA’s website:

Lycoming County PHARE Program: Lycoming County has utilized PHARE funds to support a variety of affordable housing projects and initiatives throughout Lycoming County. This includes:

  • Brodart Neighborhood Improvement Program (BNIP)
  • City of Williamsport Historic Properties Rehabilitation Program
  • Grove Street Commons
  • Homes-in-Need Regional Program
  • Lycoming County Flood Mitigation Program
  • Lycoming County Supportive Housing Program
  • Memorial Homes
  • Muncy Green Senior Housing Development
  • Master Leasing Program

***2019 PHARE Funding Opportunity***

Lycoming County is seeking projects that address affordable housing to include in its November 2019 PHARE proposal to PHFA. The County anticipates requesting approximately $365,000 in projects based on its allocation of Act 13 Funds. The County may also decide to apply for additional competitive statewide PHARE housing funds, depending on the strength of the projects submitted.

Eligible Applicants: Lycoming County municipalities, non-profit and for-profit housing service providers

Applications due: Applications are due on October 11, 2019

Application materials:

PHARE Program Contract: Austin Daily, Community & Economic Development Planner, (570) 329-4761 or


Williamsport Housing Strategy

The Williamsport Housing Strategy is planned to be a 3-phase housing development on a 3.5 acre set of adjacent properties. The total number of units is expected to be 74 mixed-income dwellings, including 40 apartment units, 32 town-houses, and 2 single family homes. The apartment complex will be the first phase of development on the site.

Williamsport Housing Strategy

Formerly known as Brodart Brownfield project.

Movie #1 (about 4 minutes)PA DCED’s Extreme Makeover Competition—The Brodart SiteState Brownfield Conference—Pittsburgh PA—December 2012

Movie #2 (about 9 minutes)
Williamsport Housing Strategy
Commissioner Wheeland Presentation to City Council—June 2013

Brodart Neighborhood Improvement Project

The County, City, STEP, and Habitat for Humanity have partnered together to bring to you the Brodart Neighborhood Improvement Program.

Brodart Neighborhood Improvement

Williamsport Housing Strategy Overview Williamsport Housing Strategy Table of Contents


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