The Susquehanna County Housing & Redevelopment Authority has worked on a number of redevelopment projects across Susquehanna County.
The Authority strives to assist homeowners, families and municipalities throughout Susquehanna County with revitalization projects that will help make Susquehanna County a better, safer place to live. Funding comes from various housing and redevelopment grant programs administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), PHFA and PennDot, among others.
Grant Programs & Projects
1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
The Susquehanna County Housing and Redevelopment Authority administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program on behalf of Susquehanna County. The funds are used to assist municipalities with community development and community revitalization projects. Eligible activities include:
- Street and road repair
- Water systems
- Sanitary sewer systems and connections to the system for low-income residents
- Public services
- Removal of architectural barriers
- Public/community facilities
Municipalities may contact the Redevelopment Authority with potential projects to determine if they are eligible for CDBG funding and other housing grants.
2. Housing Rehabilitation Program
Thanks to funding from the CDBG and Home Investment Partnership (HOME) programs, the Authority administers a Housing Rehabilitation program for Susquehanna County residents. This program provides deferred loans to low-income homeowners so they can make repairs necessary to bring their property up to local or state code. This loan bears no interest and does not have to be repaid until the property is sold or title is transferred. It shall be secured by a lien on the property repayable to “County of Susquehanna.” Eligible repairs include but are not limited to:
- Heating and electrical repairs and upgrades
There is currently an approximate two year waiting list for assistance through our Housing Rehabilitation program. Applicants must be residents of Susquehanna County who own and occupy their homes. Applicant must also have an annual family income that meets the low-income criteria set forth by the federal government. Call us for more information on limits.
3. Transportation Alternatives Grant
Administered by PennDOT, the Transportation Alternatives Grant funding provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. This includes:
- On- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities
- Infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility
- Community improvement activities
- Environmental mitigation
- Trails that serve a transportation purpose
- Safe routes to school projects
4. PHARE Grant Program
The PA Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancements (PHARE) funding is administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and comes from Marcellus Shale Impact Fees. Specifically, Act 13 of 2012 allocates certain amounts from the impact fee to the PHARE Fund to address the need for affordable housing in counties that have producing unconventional gas wells. Susquehanna County has received nearly $4.5 million of PHARE funds since the program started in 2012.
5. And More
In addition to the housing and redevelopment grants mentioned above, the Authority also completes several projects thanks to funding from:
- The Home Investment Partnership (HOME) program
- The Infrastructure Development Program
- Other state and federal housing and redevelopment grant programs
For more information and additional resources about Pennsylvania housing and redevelopment authorities: