Senator Gordner Says State Financing will Assist Two Housing Projects

(HARRISBURG) – – The Columbia County Housing Corporation will proceed with two important housing projects as a result of financing approved by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, according to State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

“Expansion of the successful Scott Elderly housing development to meet with demand is one project, while the second project, Central Court Apartments, involves affordable housing for victims of domestic violence,” said Sen. Gordner. “Both projects serve existing needs in Columbia County.”

The Housing Finance Agency approved nearly $1.5 million in financing and tax credits for the Scott Elderly Project and over $118,000 in tax credits for the Central Court Apartments Project.

The Housing Corporation’s second phase of the Scott Elderly development on Tenny Street in Scott Township will result in 21 single story cottages to complement the existing 24 unit complex developed by the Corporation in 2001. The development will include a community room, laundry room and other services to enhance senior living. Supportive services will be provided by the Columbia Montour Home Health Services/VNA and will include standard health care and home health care support.

In collaboration with the Women’s Center, Inc, and the Columbia Montour Home Health System, the Housing Corporation will develop a blighted area of Scott Township along Central Road to provide affordable housing for victims of domestic violence. The Central Court Apartments will consist of eight units of special needs housing to accommodate a variety of family sizes. Residents of Central Court Apartments will be required to be actively enrolled in either the Columbia Montour Home Health Center’s or the Women’s Center programs that work with families in crisis that help lead to self-sufficiency.

“Without Senator Gordner’s assistance it would have been difficult for us to proceed with these important and needed projects,” said Rich Kisner, CCHC Deputy Director of Development. “His support was instrumental.”

“Affordable housing with appropriate support services for senior citizens and for victims of domestic violence is desperately needed in our area and the Housing Corporation, along with its community service partners, has done great work to provide for these needs,” Senator Gordner said.