Affordable Housing Program
The Pennsylvania “Optional County Affordable Housing Funds Act” (PA Act 137 of 1992) allowed counties to increase its recording fees of deeds and mortgages and use the proceeds to establish an Affordable Housing Fund, the monies from which could be used to support projects/activities that enhance the availability, affordability, and quality of housing for lower- income individuals/families.
In October 1999 Erie County Council adopted Ordinance Number 84 establishing the Erie CountyAffordable Housing Fund in accordance with the provisions of PA Act 137 of 1992. The Ordinance took effect on January 1, 2000 and since 2001 nearly $3 million has been raised and distributed to a wide array of groups and organizations to provide affordable housing opportunities for lower income Erie County residents. The County’s Affordable Housing Fund program is administered by the Erie County Department of Planning (ECDP).
Approximately $150,000 is raised annually and made available for distribution on a competitive basis to agencies and organizations. See current Program Guidelines / Application materials.
If you have any questions or if you would like to receive more information about the Act 137 fund, please contact Joe Berdis of our office at (814) 451-7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org