Fair Housing for Greene County
Department of Human Services for Greene County
Contact Persons: Amy Switalski, Housing and Family Resources Director, Human Services (724-852-5276)
Karen Bennett, Fair Housing Officer
Fort Jackson Building, 3rd Floor
19 South Washington Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5276 / FAX: 724-852-5368
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday
The Pennsylvania Association of Area Agencies on Aging is making available technical assistance with the goal of helping counties to expand housing for elderly and persons with disabilities, especially those transitioning from nursing homes back into the community. With the help of several key players, a strategic plan is being initialized to address both long- and short-term housing needs in Greene County. Due to funding at this time, the focus will be on housing for elderly and persons with disabilities.
Proper housing plays an important factor in oneís happiness and independence. Owning a home is the sign of security and independence to the most of us.
Housing Plan and Policies for Greene County:
The Housing Task Force reconvened in early part of 2011 and once again noted the drastic need of housing across all sectors. A recommendation to create a Housing Plan and Policy was made by the Task Force and the County Commissioners agreed to embark on a 100-day study starting in mid-May 2011. The Redevelopment Authority was given the task of organizing the Plan and Policy and teamed up with Keith Schmidt of Bridge Connections to facilitate the plan process.
Click here to access the final draft for housing policy and plans in Greene County. The philosophy of the housing plan for Greene County emphasizes the construction and maintenance of sound, affordable housing, rehabilitation of aging structures, and the development of new housing patterns that are compatible with the communityís character. Recommendations address the collection and analysis of housing data to identify trends and regulations and incentives for housing maintenance and revitalization.
The overriding mission of all Housing Authorities through the county is to meet the housing needs of population groups that are at risk, in difficult life situations, challenging to serve, and who need help to help themselves, generically referred to as "special needs" populations.
The Housing Authority of Greene County, located in Waynesburg (P.O. Box 791, Waynesburg, PA 15370), focuses their work on serving low-income individuals and families, and disabled populations. They maintain, with high quality standards, and in an exceptional manner, 290 public housing units and 30 Section 8 vouchers. They have five FTE and ancillary cleaning and maintenance contracts. They provide intake and monitor the needs of their housing clients and apartment complexes. According to Board Members, the compliance with complex federal reporting guidelines and financial tracking is impeccable.
The Greene County Housing Authority Board meets monthly - click here for current board members with meeting times, dates, & location.
For additional information, contact the housing authority at 724-627-6523 (fax: 724-627-6522) or click here.
Greene County Human Services Housing Program:
Greene County Human Services Department offers a full continuum of housing services. The Philosophy of the County is to keep people housed whenever possible and if they become homeless, to assist them to move to permanent housing, for residents of Greene County
>> click here for additional information, or contact Amy Switalski, Housing and Family Resources Director at 724-852-5276.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
Domiciliary Care (Dom Care) provides supervised alternative group home living arrangements for eligible adults who are unable to live alone because of physical disabilities, medical problems or mental impairments. At a time when a person's special needs exceed the capabilities of the families, friends or human service agencies, Dom Care offers 24-hour care and supervision within a family-type environment. Participating Dom Care home providers:
Area Agency on Aging Dominiliary Care 305 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi, PA 15022 (Phone: 724-489-8083 / Toll Free: 1-800-411-5655)
Fayette County District Office 137 North Beeson Avenue, Suite 107, Uniontown, PA 15401 (Phone: 724-430-4603)
Greene County District Office 93 East High Street, Level B, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Phone: 724-852-1510)
Washington County District Office 150 West Beau Street, Suite 216, Washington, PA 15301 (Phone: 724-228-7080)
Frequently Asked Questions:
The following frequently asked questions will hopefully help answer housing concerns:
Question #1: Are there agencies involved in housing issues/activities?
Answer: Following is a listing of agencies and individuals currently involved in, or supportive of, a range of housing activities in Greene County (listed in no particular order):
Senior LIFE Centers (Washington call toll free at 1-877-998-LIFE (5433) and Waynesburg, the newest center, located at 55 Sugar Run Road, Waynesburg, PA.
Housing Authority of the County of Greene (HACG) (Phone: 724-627-6523)
Threshold Housing Development, Inc. (THD) whose goal is to provide affordable housing to low-income, elderly and handicapped individuals and families in Fayette, Washington, and Greene Counties in Pennsylvania.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
Question #2: Is there an Independent Living Program available in Greene County?
Answer: There is a program available that is dedicated to serving youth who have been or are currently, in the custody of Greene County Children & Youth Services (CYS) on or after their 16th birthday. Independent Living Aftercare component provides case management and supportive services until their 21st birthday. The Greene County Independent Living program completes an assessment of all eligible youth and provides assistance with:
Career Planning and employment
Housing including room and board services
Prevention and Wellness
Contact the Independent Living Caseworker at 724-852-5217 Question #3: Are there Subsidized Public Housing units available in Greene County? Answer: Many households would benefit from Governmental Subsidized Housing, however all existing subsidized housing units are filled, with waiting lists and modest turnover.
Also note that the Greene County Housing Authority does not determine its waiting list by housing site, but rather by bedroom size.
Following is a summary of the available subsidized housing:
HUD Subsidized Apartments / Affordable Housing:
Avalon Court: 170 E. Greene Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Grandview Apartments: Grandview Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Liberty Avenue: behind McCracken's Pharmacy, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Thompson Gardens: 5th & Walnut Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Southside: Elm, Richhill, & Walnut Alley, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Wayne Villete: West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Woodland Avenue Apartments: Woodland Avenue, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Woodside Manor: 522 P South & Renehart, Carmichaels, PA 15320
Private Subsidized Housing:
Bridge Street Commons: 600 Bridge Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (724-627-4145) 30 (1-bedroom) apartments, 62+ older or 18+ with a disability that requires an accessible unit.
Carmichaels Arbors: Arbor Apartment #76, Carmichaels, PA 15320 (724-966-7321 or 724-966-5860)
Waynesburg House: 75 W. Lincoln Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (724-627-5031) (Insignia Management Company (814-749-9210))
Question #4: Are there any programs offered for utility assistance? Answer: Dollar Energy is a program that provides assistance and tangible aid to families and individuals experiencing difficulty in affording adequate and safe utility supplies in order to maintain basic living standards. Call Catholic Charities at 724-627-6410, a participating agency in Greene County.
Also the utility companies offer universal service (low income) programs, contact the following for assistance:
Greene County has pressing short-term and long-term housing needs, especially for the expansion of rental housing for families, senior citizens and persons with disabilities who meet low and moderate income guidelines. The Greene County Housing Authority (GCHA) manages apartment buildings are located in neighborhoods in Waynesburg and Carmichaels, PA. GCHA is an attractive option for older adults on a fixed income and families just starting out.
Unfortunately the waiting lists are long, but not impossible! Following is our current list of housing:
Greene County Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 745, Waynesburg, PA 15370 (Phone: 229-924-6935) a non-profit, ecumenical Christian Housing Ministry Dedicated To Eliminating Substandard Housing And Homelessness Worldwide And To Making Adequate, Affordable Shelter A Matter Of Conscience And Action. Habitat Invites People From All Faiths And Walks Of Life To Work Together In Partnership, Building Houses With Families In Need.
Owner-Occupied Housing: information coming soon
Transitional Housing Apartments:
March 28, 2013 Officials mark opening of Transitional Housing Apartments... click here for complete story.
Operating Costs for Greene County Housing Programs:
Permanent supportive housing
Pass through money to fund seven housing units for homeless adults
Shelter Care Plus
Pass through money to provide vouchers to six homeless individuals
Permanent supportive expansion
Pass through money to fund three housing units for homless adults
Money received to provide seven housing units to individuals with serious mental illness who are-reentering the community from state and conunty correctional institutions
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing
Grant completed, targets youth 18-21, criminal justice and veterans
Homeless Assistance Program
Money to provide rental assistance and utility assistance to low-income persons
Money to provide outreach to homeless individuals
Emergency Solutions Grant 2011
Targets 18 families with children
Emergency Solutions Grant 2012
Targets veterans, criminal justice and youth age 21-25 with homeless prevention or rapid rehousing
Note: Money for the first three programs comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Money for Master Leasing comes from Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. Funding for Housing Assistance Program comes from Department of Public Welfare. Money for Greene County Project
for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (GPATH) comes from Office of Mental Health and Substance Services; and money for the Emergency Solutions comes from the state Department of Community and
Economic Development. (Source: Greene County Human Services Department 4/20/2013)
Pennsylvania Property Tax or Rent Rebate Programs:
The property Tax/Rebate program has been dramatically expanded to give more older and disabled Pennsylvanians a rebate and increase the amount of the rebates. A new law increases the income limit from $15,000.00 to $35,000.00 for homeowners and boosts the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters from $500.00 to $650.00. Applicants can exclude one-half (1/2) of their Social Security income, so people who make substantially more than $35,000.00 may still qualify for a rebate.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program expansion is a part of a broader property tax relief initiative. For information, click here for Pennsylvania Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.
Each year the Department establishes temporary offices to help taxpayers. To see a list of offices, visit the Departmentís Web site, or call the district office nearest you.
PA Department OF Revenue District Office Room 104, State Office Building 300 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1210 Phone number: (412) 565-7540
State Representative Office 222 Elm Drive, Waynesburg, PA 15370 Phone number: 724-627-8683
Community Action Southwest Senior Services (for people 60+ years of age) Waynesburg, PA 15370 Phone number: 724-852-2893
Links to other websites Local, State and Federal:
Helpful Guide for Affordable Housing www.mortgageloan.com/affordable/, an excellent source to help persons of low income gain an understanding of the options available when it comes to finding affordable housing and getting a mortgage.
The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Section 8 Homeownership Program Final Rule, issued September 12, 2000, amends the regulations for the Section 8 Rule tenant-based rental voucher program to allow Section 8 payments to be made for homeownership purposes under specified circumstances and at the discretion of the PHA. A PHA may, at its option, use a portion of its Section 8 vouchers for homeownership purposes.
Homeownership Vouchers Housing Choice Vouchers allow very low-income families to choose and lease or purchase safe, decent, and affordable privately-owned rental housing. Click here to learn more about the Housing Choice Vouchers Program.
The Federal Home Loan Bank System is comprised of 12 banks and the Office of Finance which provides funds for mortgages and community lending. Each Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBs) is a government-sponsored enterprise, federally chartered, but privately capitalized and independently managed. Federal Home Loan Bank Programs for Community Investments (CIP) is a noncompetitive, community development lending program that provides below-market-rate advances to members. These loans enable members to extend long-term financing for housing for households with incomes up to 115 percent of the area median income and for economic development that benefits low- and moderate-income families and neighborhoods.
Click here to read more about FHLB Programs for Community Investments.
For general information, please contact the Information Services at 724-852-5399 / Toll Free: 1-888-852-5399 Greene County Office Building, 93 E. High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370