13 June 2022

Greene County Receives $800,000 for Housing Repair Programs

Greene County Receives $800,000 for Housing Repair Programs  

Greene County Commissioners are proud to announce an award of $800,000 through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Program. This grant will fund the Greene County Rehabilitating Existing Properties and Accessibility Improvements for Residents (REPAIR) Program. REPAIR is an owner-occupied housing rehabilitation  program. REPAIR will provide deferred loans to low to moderate income homeowners living in Greene County. Upon compliance, this loan will convert to a grant. Funds will be used to repair owner occupied homes and the Warm Nights House (a temporary shelter located at the Fairgrounds) to bring these properties into code compliance. It will also facilitate accessibility modifications and provide up to two replacement modular homes for homes which cannot be reasonably rehabilitated due to extensive structural defects.

There are currently 13 rehabiliation projects underway through the Greene County HOME Program, another owner occupied housing rehabilitation program. REPAIR will expand services to residents that would not meet the lowest income guidelines which are required under HOME.  

These projects will be completed by the end of this year and REPAIR will continue to assist in Greene County’s efforts to improve housing for residents. The current rehabilitation is not only improving housing conditions in the county, but is also providing jobs to local contractors and utlize  local material suppliers.

Only owner-occupied homes located in Greene County are eligible for these programs.  The programs are available on a first come first serve basis until funds are depleted.  The intent is to provide no interest, forgivable loans to assist with roof issues, safety and health issues, updates to major systems such as furnaces, outdated electric or plumbing systems, and other repairs to preserve, improve, and stabilize the current housing stock in Greene County.

If you have questions or are interested in applying for the HOME Program or REPAIR Program for housing rehabilitation or work with us as a contractor, inspector or Lead and Radon Specialist, please contact: Crystal Simmons, CDBG/HOME Director at csimmons@co.greene.pa.us or Nikki Mickens CDBG/HOME Manager at nmickens@co.greene.pa.us or Phone (724) 852-5260.