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PHARE funding benefits region

January 23, 2014

Photo by Joseph Bell – Eric Bridges, left, executive director of the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission speaks Wednesday morning alongside Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg. Freeburg was elected chairman of the board for 2014.

The PHARE fund appears to be gaining its footing as Marcellus Shale regions are seeing yearly allocations for local distribution.
In 2012, the base allocation for PHARE [Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement] was $2.5 million; for 2013 and beyond, the allocation has doubled.
The six-county region under the North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission (Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter Counties) have seen nearly half a million dollars in allocations in the past two years.

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