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Affordable Housing Program

2006B Funding Round Recipients

Total units: 1,017
Total AHP grants: $6.85 million
Total development costs: $116.98 million

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20th and Lehigh Housing Project
Philadelphia, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsor
Sherick Property Management, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 4
Total AHP grants: $80,000
Total development costs: $913,655

The 20th and Lehigh Rental Housing Project is part of Allegheny West Foundation's (AWF) Forgotten Blocks Initiative in north Philadelphia. The development will be built on a vacant corner lot, with approximately 3,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial/retail space and four apartments on the second floor. Parking will be provided for use by residents and to support the retail/commercial space. On-street parking along Lehigh Avenue will also be available. The site is critical as the capstone of AWF's effort to address deterioration, blight and deferred maintenance of this residential area. Development of this highly visible vacant lot will link two key components of the neighborhood's revitalization strategy: completion of the Forgotten Blocks Initiative and the strengthening of the North 22nd Street/Hope Plaza commercial corridor, one of the city's strongest neighborhood shopping corridors.

Booth Manor II
Philadelphia, PA

Lender
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Sponsors
Affordable Housing Group, Philadelphia, PA
Salvation Army of New York, New York, NY

Total units: 50
Total AHP grants: $500,000
Total development costs: $9,358,100

Booth Manor II will connect to the existing Booth Manor facility in West Philadelphia's Haddington neighborhood. Housing 49 one-bedroom units for very-low-income seniors and one two-bedroom superintendent's unit, all units will be handicapped-adaptable and two units will be handicapped-accessible. The project also includes paved onsite parking, laundry facilities, a lounge area and community room with a communal kitchen. The building is designed for frail and at-risk seniors, and management will provide and coordinate supportive services within the project, enabling residents to age in place. The project is within walking distance of a new Fresh Grocer Supermarket and Rite-Aid Pharmacy shopping plaza, mini-market and hair salon. While it is expected that residents initially will be active and independent, many are likely to require assistance if they are to remain in their apartments. Management will provide the same seamless array of services to residents in both facilities.

Carriage Stone
Norristown, PA

Lender
Sovereign Bank, Reading, PA

Sponsor
Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Norristown, PA

Total units: 5
Total AHP grants: $50,000
Total development costs: $706,000

The Carriage Stone project in Norristown represents the culmination of community-changing events that began in 2003 when a vacant mansion on the corner of Jacoby and Green streets caught fire and was completely destroyed. A condemned boarded-up shell remains on the property. The property's adjacent structures consist of single-family attached and duplex homes. Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County will raze the mansion and, in its place, construct five new townhomes, providing permanent residences to qualified low-income families ready to become first-time homeowners. Each two-story, three-bedroom townhome is designed to be simple, decent, affordable units that reflect and complement existing neighborhood architecture. Demolition work was expected to be completed in October 2006, with an anticipated groundbreaking in spring 2007 and completion of the development in October 2007.

Dewey Housing
Philadelphia, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsors
AchieveAbility, Philadelphia, PA
Fairmont Ventures, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 10
Total AHP grants: $150,000
Total development costs: $1,913,000

Dewey Housing, a scattered-site homeownership project, will rehabilitate ten two-story, single-family rowhomes in west Philadelphia. All roofs will be replaced, and yards and basements will be cleaned and laid with concrete. Interiors and exteriors will be painted, and exteriors will be stuccoed or pointed. Stairways, bathrooms and kitchens will be replaced entirely. Plumbing and electricity will be upgraded to code, and water and sewer lines will be replaced. Appliances (heaters, water heaters, kitchen appliances) will be installed, and attics will be insulated. Eight units will house three-bedroom homes, and two will be four-bedroom homes. Each unit targets very-low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers. Two units each will target formerly homeless families and households in recovery from substance abuse. To prepare formerly homeless families and first-time homebuyers for homeownership, AchieveAbilty will provide holistic support services, including homeownership counseling and financial literacy classes.

Hunting Park Housing Rehabilitation Program
Philadelphia, PA

Lender
Sovereign Bank, Reading, PA

Sponsors
Nueva Esperanza, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
Sherick Project Management, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 7
Total AHP grants: $70,000
Total development costs: $919,463

Hunting Park Housing Rehabilitation Program Phase II will rehabilitate seven properties in Philadelphia's Hunting Park neighborhood. Phase I of this project is under way, rehabilitating six additional properties. All properties are currently vacant. Of the seven Phase II units, three units will house three bedrooms. All the resulting single-family units in both Phases will be made available for sale to very-low- to moderate-income households.

Manna House Apartments
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Lender
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Sponsor
Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

Total units: 7
Total AHP grants: $60,000
Total development costs: $1,619,408

In Wilkes-Barre, Manna House Apartments will offer seven units — four of which will target individuals diagnosed with mental illness — of transitional rental housing for individuals ages 18-25 who are homeless. This underserved population of young adults struggling for self-sufficiency and independence have likely "aged out" of the children/youth services system or are in the adult mental health system. Manna House will be staffed around-the-clock with trained residential support personnel. The average length of stay is expected to be 18 months, with the goal of ensuring that each resident finds safe, affordable, permanent housing and becomes a self-sufficient, productive adult. Residents will receive case management services, educational/job training support, therapeutic counseling and other services to help them achieve successful independence. Situated in downtown Wilkes-Barre, Manna House will be within walking distance of several colleges, employment and recreational opportunities, religious facilities, shopping and other needed services.

Melon Supported Independent Living
Philadelphia, PA

Lender
Firstrust Bank, Conshohocken, PA

Sponsor
1260 Housing Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 10
Total AHP grants: $80,671
Total development costs: $1,660,600

The Melon Supported Independent Living project in Philadelphia's Mantua neighborhood will provide affordable housing for individuals living with behavioral health issues and other disabilities. The facility will respond to the unmet housing needs of special-needs and low-income populations. Newly constructed on vacant land, the three-story building will house ten one-bedroom units, two of which are reserved for the homeless and one for the physically handicapped. Individuals coping with a physical disability will be carefully evaluated for their ability to live independently and supported by an individualized service program. Persons with behavioral health issues will be provided with the Supported Independent Living Program, a comprehensive set of services offered by mental health agencies throughout the city, which will allow residents to maintain and maximize self-sufficiency.

Park Row Place
Chester, PA

Lender
New Century Bank, Phoenixville, PA

Sponsor
Church Housing Corporation of Delaware County, Phoenixville, PA

Total units: 64
Total AHP grants: $200,000
Total development costs: $8,361,026

In Upland Borough, Park Row Place will create a new three-story facility with 63 one-bedroom rental units, with one unit for staff, to serve the very-low-income elderly in Chester. While all units will be handicapped-adaptable, eight will have ADA-compliant kitchens and four will have ADA-compliant bathing areas. One wheel-in shower will also be provided in a common area, with access available to any resident of the facility. Toilets and vanities in eight of the units are ADA-compliant. Six units are designed for the visual/hearing-impaired, two of which are also wheelchair-compliant. Thirteen units are designated for the homeless, and 16 units are designated for the frail elderly.

Phoenix House
Reading, PA

Lender
Community Banks, NA, Harrisburg, PA

Sponsor
Berks Counseling Center, Reading, PA

Total units: 7
Total AHP grants: $64,700
Total development costs: $169,200

The mentally ill young population in Reading will find affordable housing and assistance at Phoenix House, a three-story rowhouse being converted into three one-bedroom, two single-room-occupancy and two studio apartments. The project will provide counseling and supportive services for individuals ages 16-25 who are homeless and experiencing severe mental illness and/or addiction. For this neglected population with limited skills, education and support, Phoenix House will offer housing and supportive services, help them learn cooking/housekeeping skills, budget for rent and utility payments and improve their sense of responsibility. Within walking distance or easily accessible by bus are churches, stores, schools, social services and medical services in the community. Educational, job training and employment services are available through Reading Area Community College, Job Quest, Career Links and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Schwenckfeld Terrace
Lansdale, PA

Lender
Univest National Bank & Trust Company, Souderton, PA

Sponsors
Advanced Living, Inc., Lansdale, PA
Fairmont Ventures, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 63
Total AHP grants: $300,000
Total development costs: $11,101,132

In Lansdale, Schwenckfeld Terrace will offer 63 one-bedroom units to low- and very-low-income seniors in Montgomery County. Situated on the Schwenckfeld Manor Campus on Allentown Road, all units in the new construction will be visitable along with eight units available to the physically handicapped. All first-floor units are fully handicapped-accessible. The development's second phase will create office space for service coordination, wellness center, fitness center and multi-purpose room. Administrative and service offices, the wellness and fitness centers, conference rooms, a "country store" (where residents can purchase personal items), maintenance office, repair shop and staff lounges will be leased to project sponsor Advanced Living, Inc. All residents will have access to a wide variety of services, including onsite services conducted by ALI staff as well as outside agencies and referrals to external entities.

The Commons at Point Breeze
Philadelphia, PA

Lender
Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Sponsor
Universal Community Homes, Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 55
Total AHP grants: $500,000
Total development costs: $11,402,577

In Philadelphia, The Commons at Point Breeze will develop both new construction and substantially rehabilitate 55 affordable townhouses and apartments within one block of the corner of 16th and Federal streets. This project is the third phase of a neighborhood revitalization plan to develop the 16th and Federal Street neighborhood. The development will create one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. Twenty-nine units will have three bedrooms, and five will be four-bedroom units. Six units will be reserved for the physically disabled, and two will be set aside for the visual/hearing-impaired. The development will include 42 buildings and a limited amount of off-street parking. Universal Point, the revitalization plan's first phase, was completed in 2001 and comprised 53 rental units, and Point Breeze Estates, the plan's second phase completed in 2005, created 18 affordable townhomes.

The Knitting Mill on Peach Alley
Hamburg, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsors
Alliance for Building Communities, Allentown, PA
GKH Consulting Company, Honesdale, PA

Total units: 27
Total AHP grants: $162,000
Total development costs: $5,488,998

The corner of Pine Street and Peach Alley in Hamburg will be the new home of The Knitting Mill on Peach Alley, a 27-apartment facility for seniors in Hamburg, one of Pennsylvania's 22 Blueprint Communities. Formerly the Hamburg Knitting Mill, the two-story brick structure will offer four wheelchair-accessible units, two for the frail elderly and one for the hearing/vision-impaired. Historic rehabilitation of the building will create 27 affordable and energy-efficient apartments with a landscaped courtyard and 28 onsite parking spaces. One block from Hamburg's main shopping streets and adjacent to its Main Street District, the development will be within walking distance of all services including medical offices, senior center, pharmacies, food markets, churches, post office, library, theater, hair salons, restaurants, banks and retail stores.

Union Square
Chester, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsors
Chester Redevelopment Authority, Chester, PA
Nina Liou, Philadelphia, PA
T.J. Properties, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 26
Total AHP grants: $390,000
Total development costs: $6,899,577

In Chester's West End, the Union Square project will develop 26 attached single-family homes targeting moderate-income first-time homebuyers. The homes will be constructed on land owned by the City of Chester and the Chester-Upland School District, currently vacant since the late '70s after the demolition of two schools, a library and a park. Each unit will house four bedrooms, three full baths, a den and other features expected in today's new-housing market, with an option to purchase other upgrades. The community's proximity to the waterfront and access to major thoroughfares also provide tangible benefits not found elsewhere in the city, and enhancements to nearby Memorial Park — which include a community pool, basketball courts, lights and improvements to the Crozer Library — are now complete.

Veterans Transitional Housing II
Plains Township, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsor
Commission on Economic Opportunity, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Total units: 6
Total AHP grants: $60,000
Total development costs: $469,558.50

Veterans Transitional Housing II in Wilkes-Barre will provide six one-bedroom units of affordable transitional housing for single homeless veterans having serious mental health and substance-abuse problems. Homeless veterans can reside in this supportive housing program for 18 to 24 months. With the facility located on the Veteran's Administration Medical Center campus, referral to medical, psychiatric and substance-abuse services will be literally "next-door." All six units will be located on one level for wheelchair accessibility, and residents will receive case management and supportive services to help them improve job skills, increase income, improve life skills, enhance computer literacy, establish financial savings plans and gain other skills needed to ensure permanent and mental-health services housing and residential stability.

Wellington Heights Phase II
Chester, PA

Lender
Sovereign Bank, Reading, PA

Sponsors
Chester Redevelopment Authority, Chester, PA
Pennrose Properties, Philadelphia, PA

Total units: 20
Total AHP grants: $300,000
Total development costs: $4,080,000

In Chester, Wellington Heights Phase II will construct 20 two-story, semi-detached homeownership units to replace 1940s shipworker rowhomes in Chester's Highland Gardens neighborhood. Targeting moderate-income first-time homebuyers, the homes will house three bedrooms, one bath and modern features desirable in today's new-housing market. Homebuyers may also purchase options/upgrades to customize the homes. The Wellington Heights project is a key component of Chester's Upper West End Initiative, started in 1998, which includes plans to replace older-housing stock with new homes that fit the lifestyles of today's families using a new street grid with new infrastructure to better connect Highland Gardens to the surrounding community.

 

Adams County Scattered Sites
Gettysburg, PA

Lender
Bank of Hanover and Trust Company, Hanover, PA

Sponsor
Adams County Interfaith Housing Corporation, Gettysburg, PA

Total units: 11
Total AHP grants: $110,000
Total development costs: $2,116,000

At scattered sites across Adams County, eleven new-construction homes will create homeownership opportunities for low- and moderate-income first-time homebuyers in Gettysburg. Affordable Housing Program funding will assist each qualified homebuyer with $10,000 in down payment and closing costs. Project sponsor Adams County Interfaith Housing Corporation (ACIHC) will construct four three-bedroom, 1½-bath semi-attached homes with basements at the Washington Street Overlook in Gettysburg Borough; three three-bedroom, 1½-bath single-family homes on in-fill lots in Cumberland Township; and four two-story units at New Hope Field in Oxford Township. ACIHC will act as developer and administrator for this project, which includes but is not limited to applicant pre-screening, financial counseling and homebuyer education. ACIHC will also continue communicating with new homeowners to guarantee satisfaction and ensure all financial obligations are met.

Baldwin Village
Swatara Township, PA

Lender
CommunityBanks, NA, Harrisburg, PA

Sponsor
Mohn Street Accessible Housing, Inc., Steelton, PA

Total units: 12
Total AHP grants: $200,000
Total development costs: $2,268,894

In Dauphin County, Baldwin Village will create twelve units of rental housing reserved for very-low-income individuals with disabilities. All units will be single-story and fully accessible, a unique characteristic of very few developments in Pennsylvania. Baldwin Village will be assigned an independent living (IL) specialist, well trained and knowledgeable on the needs of persons with diverse disabilities, to assure that each resident receives all necessary support services for successful independent living. Such services will include attendant care services, budgeting services, independent living skills training and transportation assistance. Any other needed services will be coordinated through case management, provided by the Center for Independent Living in Central Pennsylvania (CILCP). Another feature of this development is the effort being made to assure that these rental units will be as water- and energy-efficient as possible, incorporating many energy and water conservation features in the facility's design.


2006-2007 Rehabilitation Project
Western Pennsylvania

Lender
Mars National Bank, Mars, PA

Sponsor
Hosanna Industries, Inc., Rochester, PA

Total units: 150
Total AHP grants: $450,000
Total development costs: $1,201,600

In southwestern Pennsylvania, the 2006-2007 Rehabilitation Project will renovate 150 very-low- to moderate-income households at scattered sites. Targeted homes will be urban, three-bedroom, single-family dwellings in neighborhoods suffering from economic hardship. Twenty-five units will target the physically handicapped, and 20 units will serve households affected by mental disabilities (e.g., bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, etc.). The rehab will select energy-efficient, low-maintenance products whenever possible; use volunteer labor to keep costs down; improve homes that were previously inefficient, deteriorating and/or unsafe; enhance the self-worth of the homeowners; and increase community pride and stability. Local businesses will be engaged to help them recognize their roles in community enhancement and to help re-establish the homeowners within the neighborhood. After work on the homes is completed, a team of volunteers will return to selected homeowners for visits, further education in home upkeep and needs follow-through.

2007 East End Pittsburgh Comprehensive Rehab Project
Pittsburgh, PA

Lender
Mars National Bank, Mars, PA

Sponsor
Hosanna Industries, Inc., Rochester, PA

Total units: 8
Total AHP grants: $160,000
Total development costs: $808,800

The 2007 East End Pittsburgh Comprehensive Rehab project will rehabilitate eight homes for very-low- to moderate-income individuals or families in Pittsburgh's East End. All the homes will be three-bedroom units, and six will target first-time homebuyers. One unit is reserved for the physically handicapped, and one unit will target a household affected by mental disability. While the rehab portion of the project is expected to be completed during summer 2007, local organizations will be approached to help provide care and support to these households prior to and beyond the rehabilitation portion of the project. This partnership aims to improve the homeowners' health, education, life skills and employability as well as their housing situation. Prospective partners include faith-based organizations (e.g., East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Eastminster Presbyterian Church, Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church) as well as community development organizations (e.g., East Liberty Development Inc., Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation).

Habitat for Humanity Rural Development-Year 1
Washington, PA

Lender
Washington Federal Savings Bank, Washington, PA

Sponsor
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, Washington, PA

Total units: 4
Total AHP grants: $44,000
Total development costs: $238,435

With not a handout but a "hand up," Habitat for Humanity Rural Development-Year 1 will build four single-family homes along Ford Street in Canton Township for very-low- to moderate-income families. Habitat for Humanity of Washington County will partner with organizations, local businesses, college chapters, churches, donors and community volunteers to build these affordable homes. The units will be reserved for first-time homebuyers who must contribute "sweat equity" to building their own as well as other Habitat partner families' homes and attend budgeting, credit counseling and homeownership workshops. The project will partner with four families in the Year 1 phase and six families in the Year 2 phase.

Homestead Apartments IV
Homestead, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsors
TREK Development Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Three Rivers Communities, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Total units: 52
Total AHP grants: $175,000
Total development costs: $9,213,567

In Pittsburgh, Homestead Apartments IV is the last building to be renovated in the Homestead Revitalization. Before modernization, the building consisted of 106 units that have outgrown their useful life. A complete rehabilitation will produce 52 units with modern-day amenities that will ensure residents' comfort. Six units will target the physically handicapped, and three special-needs units will be reserved for vision/hearing-impaired tenants. In addition to the units being redesigned, site improvements (such as ventilation, energy efficiency and safety, mechanical and electrical systems) will enhance the site and make the site the most desirable development in the Allegheny County Housing Authority inventory.

M. Anderson
Beaver Falls, PA

Lender
First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Hermitage, PA

Sponsor
Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County, Conway, PA

Total units: 1
Total AHP grants: $10,000
Total development costs: $77,527.31

The M. Anderson project will transform a two-story, two-bedroom home in Beaver Falls into an affordable home for a first-time homebuyer and single mother, and her daughter. Situated in a residential neighborhood, the abandoned structure is not only an eyesore but also a health and safety hazard. With demolition of all interior walls, ceilings and the roof now complete, new dry wall, roof, flooring, lighting, doors, kitchen/bathroom cabinets, fixtures and a high-efficiency furnace and water heater will be installed. Once rehabilitation is completed, the entire neighborhood will benefit by becoming a safer place to live, more desirable and more attractive because of increased local tax revenues and higher assessments. Since 1992, project sponsor Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County has constructed and/or rehabilitated 30 homes in the community.

McKeesport Seventh Ward-Phase 1
McKeesport, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsors
McKeesport Blueprint Communities, McKeesport, PA
McKeesport Housing Corporation, McKeesport, PA
McKeesport Neighborhood Initiative

Total units: 10
Total AHP grants: $100,000
Total development costs: $1,831,875

McKeesport Seventh Ward-Phase I will build ten new homes in McKeesport's Seventh Ward targeting very-low- to moderate-income households. Located in one of Pennsylvania's Blueprint Communities, eight of the homes will be three-bedroom units, and two units will house three bedrooms. Eight of the units will be reserved for first-time homebuyers, and two will target the physically handicapped. The new-construction homes will be affordable, low-maintenance, energy-efficient dwellings. This initial phase will build eight new homes on an old 2.4-acre reservoir site, with the other two homes to be built on scattered sites within two blocks of the reservoir site. Among the most distressed sections in the city, the Seventh Ward has an elementary and an intermediate school, an original Carnegie Library, the McKeesport Little Theater, several churches and a good public transportation system.

Sisters of St. Joseph
Baden, PA

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsors
Sisters of St. Joseph, Baden, PA
TREK Development Group, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA

Total units: 23
Total AHP grants: $230,000
Total development costs: $4,870,576

The Sisters of St. Joseph project will renovate a former convent, built in 1954, into 20 one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments for seniors. Five of the units will be reserved for frail elderly. The six-story building is part of a larger campus that contains an elementary school, assisted-living facility, living quarters for the Sisters of St. Joseph congregational members and offices for the Sisters of St. Joseph. The project will involve gut renovation to convert dormitory-style rooms into independent-living units with full kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. The facility will also house a lobby, mail room and, on each residential floor, a common laundry and community room with a kitchenette. In addition to providing housing, the Sisters of St. Joseph will provide supportive services, which may include assistance with daily living, exercise programs, meal service and other activities as may be necessary to serve the tenants.

Uniontown Family Homes
Uniontown, PA

Lender
First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Hermitage, PA

Sponsors
Fayette County Community Action Agency, Inc., Uniontown, PA
PIRHL Developers, LLC, Warrensville Heights, OH

Total units: 50
Total AHP grants: $400,000
Total development costs: $10,405,972

Uniontown Family Homes will build 17 three-bedroom and 33 four-bedroom lease-to-purchase homes on in-fill sites in Uniontown and North Union Township. The majority of the development's units will be located in Uniontown's East End. These stick-built single-family units will contain value-added amenities such as highly livable floor plans, central air conditioning, porches, rear patios, Energy Star® and green-building design features and components, visitability features, basements and attached garages when possible. At least three of the homes will be fully handicapped-accessible, and seven homes will be set aside for families affected by severe and persistent mental illness and/or recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. Case management services will be arranged through local agencies to accommodate the requirements of the special-needs families.

 

Concord Village-Phase II
Seaford, DE

Lender
Delaware National Bank, Georgetown, DE

Sponsor
Habitat for Humanity, Sussex County, Georgetown, DE

Total units: 4
Total AHP grants: $240,000
Total development costs: $460,000

On 15 acres near Seaford, the Concord Village-Phase II project will build four more units toward a goal of 19 homes in this subdivision. These four units will be reserved for first-time homebuyers, with two units being three-bedroom, two being four-bedroom and one unit reserved for the homeless. Families are selected on the basis of need and ability to pay monthly mortgages of $350 to $450 per month. Homeowner candidates invest sweat equity, make down payments and pay for their homes through an interest-free mortgage. This will be the first subdivision developed by Sussex County Habitat for Humanity in conjunction with Partner Families. Also providing support will be many volunteers, builders, churches, local businesses and individuals.

Southbridge Homeownership
Wilmington, DE

Lender
Citicorp Trust Bank, FSB, Newark, DE

Sponsor
Interfaith Housing Delaware, Inc., Wilmington, DE

Total units: 10
Total AHP grants: $100,000
Total development costs: $1,900,000

Southbridge Homeownership, part of the South Wilmington Neighborhood Plan, will develop ten three-bedroom units. The neighborhood plan aims to "strengthen [the area's] tight-knit sense of community with greater homeownership." The homes in development will be located along B and Townsend streets, within Wilmington's core residential district. The general development will help reduce the number of vacant lots, and complement the historical structures in the neighborhood. Southbridge is also one of the Strategically Targeted Areas for Revitalization (STARs) in Wilmington's Consolidated Plan, which includes support of affordable housing.

 

Mountain Neighborhoods
Petersburg, WV

Lender
Pendleton Community Bank, Franklin, WV

Sponsor
Grant County Housing Authority, Petersburg, WV

Total units: 24
Total AHP grants: $500,000
Total development costs: $1,837,744

In Grant County, Mountain Neighborhoods will construct 24 new rental housing units near an existing industrial and a new technology park currently under construction. The Grant County Commission donated the site in conjunction with property owned by the Housing Authority. Offering 14 three-bedroom and ten two-bedroom units, five will target the very-low-income and 19 the moderate-income. Five units will be reserved for the handicapped/disabled, and all units will be at ground level and handicapped-accessible. Mountain Neighborhoods will offer safe, decent and affordable housing for employees at the industrial/technology park and will help meet the increased housing demand resulting from anticipated growth in Grant County, improved access via completion of a four-lane highway system and industrial expansions taking place in neighboring Hardy County.

New River Housing
Kincaid, WV

Lender
United Bank, Parkersburg, WV

Sponsor
Southern Appalachia Labor School, Kincaid, WV

Total units: 8
Total AHP grants: $120,000
Total development costs: $720,000

In Fayette County, New River Housing will rehabilitate and repair eight dilapidated and energy-inefficient homes for very-low- to moderate-income homebuyers in the county's economically devastated rural communities. Four homes will target first-time homebuyers, two will target the physically handicapped and two will target victims of black lung and related diseases associated with coal mining. Southern Appalachia Labor School will enlist YouthBuild members (at-risk high school dropouts seeking high school degrees) and Youth Offender Re-entry participants, who will learn about civic values as well as educational and community service opportunities from participating in the construction project. YouthBuild and Youth Offender Re-entry members will also receive educational training stipends.

North Bend Apartments
Harrisville, WV

Lender
United Bank, Parkersburg, WV

Sponsor
Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation, Raleigh, NC

Total units: 38
Total AHP grants: $220,000
Total development costs: $3,683,798

In Ritchie County, North Bend Apartments will house 38 rental units in a multi-family townhouse in Harrisville. As the county's first major affordable housing project in more than 20 years, North Bend Apartments will be situated on five acres in one of the state's most rural areas. The new construction project will house one, two- and three-bedroom units, with eight units reserved to accommodate the physically handicapped. North Bend Apartments will be constructed in the middle of town close to shopping, schools and medical facilities.

Opportunity House Transitional Living Home
Buckhannon, WV

Lender
First Central Bank, Buckhannon, WV

Sponsor
Opportunity House (WV), Buckhannon, WV

Total units: 11
Total AHP grants: $99,781.04
Total development costs: $117,781.04

The Opportunity House Transitional Living Home will create eleven units of long-term transitional housing for homeless and very-low-income individuals suffering from drug/alcohol addiction. Eight units will be reserved for the homeless. Residents will come from West Virginia's "streets," shelters, correctional facilities and treatment centers, and are provided with full room and board for up to two years. Residents will receive individual counseling to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, tools to identify relapse issues and sustain long-term recovery, and assistance in clearing up legal issues, developing employment skills, addressing medical issues and reuniting them with their families and communities. Opportunity House also offers classes on basic money management, parenting skills, computing and other life-improvement issues. By providing a structured support system, developing a plan of recovery and coordinating with outside agencies, Opportunity House helps put residents' lives and affairs back in order.

Rural Homeownership Project
Norton, WV

Lender
Mountain Valley Bank, NA, Elkins, WV

Sponsor
Woodlands Development Group, Elkins, WV

Total units: 4
Total AHP grants: $40,000
Total development costs: $391,265

The Rural Homeownership Project in Randolph County will build four three-bedroom homes for first-time homebuyers. AHP funding will be used during construction and then passed on to the homebuyer upon the sale of the house. The homes will be sold to very-low- to moderate-income households, including participants in the Randolph County Housing Authority's Voucher-to-Home Ownership Program and the HomeOwnership Center. This building project will offer much-needed affordable, high-quality homes to the Norton-Jimtown community and will support local economic growth by providing families with new housing options.

SARA, Inc. Home Repair and Rehabilitation
Rainelle, WV

Lender
First National Bank of Ronceverte, Ronceverte, WV

Sponsor
Southeastern Appalachian Rural Alliance, Inc., Lewisburg, WV

Total units: 48
Total AHP grants: $185,000
Total development costs: $315,570

Over approximately 18 months, the SARA, Inc. Home Repair and Rehabilitation project will repair and rehabilitate 48 existing owner-occupied homes of very-low- to moderate-income families in Greenbrier County. Of the total, 24 will be three-bedroom units, four will target the frail elderly and four will house families affected by mental disabilities. AHP funding will provide grants to the homeowners for up to half the cost of the project (up to $2,500 per unit). Monies from FHLBank, West Virginia Affordable Housing Trust and Housing Development Fund will allow project sponsor Southeastern Appalachian Rural Alliance, Inc. (SARA) to expand the program to the rest of Greenbrier County.

 

Warren Heights Apartments
Warren, OH

Lender
PNC Bank, NA, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsors
Renewal Housing Associates, LLC, Wilmington, DE
Western Reserve Housing Development Corporation, Warren, OH

Total units: 188
Total AHP grants: $500,000
Total development costs: $9,924,876

Northwest of Youngstown, the Warren Heights Apartments project will preserve and rehabilitate this 188-unit facility in Warren, an area severely affected by years of economic stagnation. More than half of the units house large families - 90 units will contain three bedrooms, and 20 will be four-bedroom units. The development also includes 36 townhouse and garden-style structures. Major replacements will include roofing, windows, furnaces and cabinetry. Site improvements will involve repaving, landscaping, drainage and playgrounds. The community building will be renovated to provide building accessibility, a new computer center and a common laundry. The resident council sponsors activities for residents, their children and important events such as holidays and back-to-school. Health and social service agencies will provide health screenings and case management. New services will include computer training and GED classes in the new computer center.




 

Real Life Stories

Not too long ago, the Roblero Perez and Sanchez Garrido families of Sussex County, Delaware, were living in rental housing that lacked adequate heat and was structurally unsound. That all changed recently when both families were presented the keys to their new homes, which they helped build in Georgetown Point.

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