Columbia County  
Housing Redevelopment Authorities


 At CCHRA, we are

  dedicated to providing safe,

  decent, affordable housing

  opportunities to the residents of 

    Columbia County, 

      Pennsylvania.


Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance


Homeownership Incentive for the LaSalle Street Neighborhood
Jay Jarrett
Development Specialist 570-784-9373 ext 121
The LaSalle Street neighborhood in Berwick Borough has been designated as one of Pennsylvania’s Blueprint Communities and a priority area for revitalization in Columbia County. As part of the work in this neighborhood, it has been determined that the percentage of homeownership in this area is lower than the rest of Berwick Borough. In an effort to reverse this trend, the Columbia County Housing Authority has agreed to increase funding for First Time Homebuyers who purchase a home in this neighborhood. The income limit has also been increased from 80% to 100% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The LaSalle Street neighborhood includes all of LaSalle, Monroe, and Washington Streets as well as the connector streets between these three.   
The basic information for this program is as follows;
A qualified buyer will receive an interest free loan in the amount of $6000 for closing cost and down payment assistance even if the buyer puts no money down. 
An additional $4000 is available based on the amount the buyer puts down. CCHA will match $2 for every $1 of buyer’s equity.
The maximum loan amount will be $10,000 unless the buyer is converting a multi family dwelling back to a single family home. In that case, an additional $2500 will be available to loan for a maximum loan amount of $12,500.00.
CCHA has committed $75,000 to this program. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Lower income homebuyers, those below 80% of the Area Median Income, may be eligible for home rehabilitation funds of up to $19,000 as part of the Blueprint for Revitalization project.
For more information or to find out if the home you would like to purchase qualifies, please call the Columbia County Housing Authority at 570-784-9373. 


The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is the federal government’s major program for assisting a specific classification of low income families, the elderly, and the disabled to assist in their obtaining affordable, decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own rental housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.


Each HCV participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program, and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.


Vouchers are administered locally by the Columbia County Housing Authority (CCHA).  CCHA receives federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the HCV program.
 
A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program. This unit may include the family’s present residence. Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by CCHA policies.


A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by CCHA on behalf of the participating family. The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.


If the HCV waiting list is open, you can fill out an application on this website or download an application by clicking HERE.

Homeownership Incentive for the LaSalle Street Neighborhood
Jay Jarrett
Development Specialist 570-784-9373 ext 121
The LaSalle Street neighborhood in Berwick Borough has been designated as one of Pennsylvania’s Blueprint Communities and a priority area for revitalization in Columbia County. As part of the work in this neighborhood, it has been determined that the percentage of homeownership in this area is lower than the rest of Berwick Borough. In an effort to reverse this trend, the Columbia County Housing Authority has agreed to increase funding for First Time Homebuyers who purchase a home in this neighborhood. The income limit has also been increased from 80% to 100% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The LaSalle Street neighborhood includes all of LaSalle, Monroe, and Washington Streets as well as the connector streets between these three.   
The basic information for this program is as follows;
A qualified buyer will receive an interest free loan in the amount of $6000 for closing cost and down payment assistance even if the buyer puts no money down. 
An additional $4000 is available based on the amount the buyer puts down. CCHA will match $2 for every $1 of buyer’s equity.
The maximum loan amount will be $10,000 unless the buyer is converting a multi family dwelling back to a single family home. In that case, an additional $2500 will be available to loan for a maximum loan amount of $12,500.00.
CCHA has committed $75,000 to this program. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Lower income homebuyers, those below 80% of the Area Median Income, may be eligible for home rehabilitation funds of up to $19,000 as part of the Blueprint for Revitalization project.
For more information or to find out if the home you would like to purchase qualifies, please call the Columbia County Housing Authority at 570-784-9373. 
Homeownership Incentive for the LaSalle Street Neighborhood
Jay Jarrett
Development Specialist 570-784-9373 ext 121
The LaSalle Street neighborhood in Berwick Borough has been designated as one of Pennsylvania’s Blueprint Communities and a priority area for revitalization in Columbia County. As part of the work in this neighborhood, it has been determined that the percentage of homeownership in this area is lower than the rest of Berwick Borough. In an effort to reverse this trend, the Columbia County Housing Authority has agreed to increase funding for First Time Homebuyers who purchase a home in this neighborhood. The income limit has also been increased from 80% to 100% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The LaSalle Street neighborhood includes all of LaSalle, Monroe, and Washington Streets as well as the connector streets between these three.   
The basic information for this program is as follows;
A qualified buyer will receive an interest free loan in the amount of $6000 for closing cost and down payment assistance even if the buyer puts no money down. 
An additional $4000 is available based on the amount the buyer puts down. CCHA will match $2 for every $1 of buyer’s equity.
The maximum loan amount will be $10,000 unless the buyer is converting a multi family dwelling back to a single family home. In that case, an additional $2500 will be available to loan for a maximum loan amount of $12,500.00.
CCHA has committed $75,000 to this program. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Lower income homebuyers, those below 80% of the Area Median Income, may be eligible for home rehabilitation funds of up to $19,000 as part of the Blueprint for Revitalization project.
For more information or to find out if the home you would like to purchase qualifies, please call the Columbia County Housing Authority at 570-784-9373. 



If you would like to obtain more information regarding qualification requirements, or if 

you would like to be added to our waiting list for future projects, please contact Amanda Samsel 

by emailing asamsel@columbiacountyhousing.com or calling 570-784-9373 ext. 119