Connellsville Redevelopment Authority - Connellsville, Pennsylvania


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Homeowners Guide to Success:  provides homeowners at risk of missing a mortgage payment or facing foreclosure with information on the assistance available to help them keep their homes. The guide also notes that HUD-approved housing counseling agencies provide free assistance and resources on avoiding foreclosure.

Deadline for property tax/rent rebate program:  Jan 2, 2018 for property taxes and rent paid in 2016.

Early in 2018, the Department of Revenue will make application forms available for eligible older adults and people with disabilities to apply for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2017.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowner can boost rebates to $975. 

Applicants can be obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim form (PA-1000) and related information online at or by calling 1-888-222-9190.

It's free to apply for a rebate, and free filing help is available at hundreds of locations across the commonwealth.  Claimants are reminded to provide all required income, property tax or rent information.  Applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

The Property Tax/Rent rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older.

The income limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters.

Half of Social Security income is excluded.

This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and revenue from slots gaming. 

LIHEAP 2017-18
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months.  Assistance is available for renters and homeowners.  Crisis and regular LIHEAP applications begin on November 1, 2017 and end on April 6, 2018.  Eligibility for the 2017-18 LIHEAP season is set at 150 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines.  The maximum income allowed for LIHEAP eligibility is based on household size.  Income thresholds are as follows:
Household of 1 -- $18,090
                    2 -- $24,360
                    3 -- $30,630
                    4 -- $36,900
                    5 -- $43,170
                    6 -- $49,440
                    7 -- $55,710
                    8 -- $61,980
                    9 -- $68,250 and
                   10 -- $74,520
Each additional person in the household adds $6,240 to the maximum income allowed for eligibility. 
On line applications can be obtained by visiting local county public assistance offices or online applications can be completed by visiting

For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, visit  More information on LIHEAP, visit

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Supporting member mortgage lending to first-time home buyers through down payment and closing cost assistance

2015 FFD opened May 27 with the launch of our new automated reservation and reimbursement system, FFD Online! To learn more about the program, please review the materials listed under Program Resources. 

What is First Front Door?
Through First Front Door (FFD), FHLBank members can open the door for first-time homebuyers. With FFD grants, the Bank will match the qualified homebuyer’s contribution 3-to-1. For every $1 of contribution the homebuyer makes, the Bank will provide $3 in grant assistance, up to a maximum of $5,000.
FFD benefits to FHLBank members:
  • Enhances first-time homebuyer products
  • Improves market competitiveness
  • Strengthens member underwriting
  • Provides CRA credit
  • Empowers first-time homebuyers, deepening banking relationships

Who qualifies for FFD funding?
Qualified first-time homebuyers can use FFD grants toward down payment and closing costs. Each prospective homebuyer must:
  • Be a first-time homebuyer (not owned a home within the past three years or owned a home only while married but not as a single person within the past three years – this includes a married couple if either has not owned a home within the past three years)
  • Contribute personal funds as part of the down payment and closing costs
  • Have household income at or below 80 percent of the area median income at the time of registration
  • Complete at least four hours of homeownership counseling, including the topic of predatory lending, prior to the purchase of the home
  • If a student, work at least 30 hours a week
  • Retain the home for five years to avoid having to repay any portion of the grant – an FFD mortgage and note are required as part of the original mortgage documentation

Rural Development 
• Rural Housing Service Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants What does this program do? Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes or provides grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. 

Who may apply for this program? 
To qualify, you must: • Be the homeowner and occupy the house • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere • Have a family income below 50 percent of the area median income • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan What is an eligible area? 
Applicants may check the address of their home to determine eligibility online. 

How may funds be used? • Loans may be used to repair, improve, or modernize homes or to remove health and safety hazards. • Grants must be used to remove health and safety hazards.

How much money can I get? 
• Maximum loan is $20,000. 
• Maximum grant is $7,500. 
• Loans and grants can be combined for up to $27,500 in assistance. 

What are the terms of the loan or grant?
 • Loans can be repaid over 20 years. 
• Loan interest rate is fixed at 1%.
 • Full title service is required for loans of $7,500 or more. 
• Grants have a lifetime limit of $7,500. 
• Grants must be repaid if the property is sold in less than 3 years. 
• If applicants can repay part, but not all of the costs, applicants may be offered a loan and grant combination. 

Is there a deadline to apply?
 • Home loans are available year round as long as funding is available.
 • Home loan applications are processed in the order they are received. 

How long does an application take? 

Approval times depend on funding availability in your area. 
Talk to a USDA home loan specialist in your area for help with the application. 

Who can answer questions, and how do I get started?

Westmoreland Area Office
214 Donohoe Road, Suite A
Greensburg, PA 15601-7552
(724) 853-5555, ext. 4 (Phone)
(724) 837-9762 (Fax)

Serving Blair, Cambria, Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland Counties.
Gary Reed Rural Development Coordinator (724) 853-5555, ext. 126
Jill Crowe Area Technician (724) 853-5555, ext. 122
Karen Kuhns Area Specialist (724) 853-5555, ext. 128
Lucinda Dietz Area Specialist (724) 853-5555, ext. 121
Mary McDaid Area Technician (724) 853-5555, ext. 120

 What governs this program? 
• The Housing Act of 1949 as amended, 7 CFR Part 3550 • HB-1-3550 - Direct Single Family Housing Loans and Grants Field Office Handbook 

Why does USDA Rural Development do this? 
Helping people stay in their own home and keep it in good repair helps families and their communities. Homeownership helps families and individuals build savings over time. It strengthens communities and helps many kinds of businesses that support the local economy.

NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled “What Law Governs this Program?” You may also contact your local office for assistance


Telephone Assistance Programs to Get (or Stay) Connected
Telephone assistance programs are available for consumers with limited incomes. Programs are available to help keep telephone service connected, reduce monthly phone bills, help pay connection fees and avoid shutoffs. Eligibility is determined based on your income or participation in other assistance programs. Remember, when you are seeking telephone assistance, each telephone company and/or program has different eligibility requirements, different benefits and different restrictions. Some programs have restrictions on the optional services available to participants. Please contact your local telephone company if you wish to participate in any of the telephone assistance programs.
Follow the Path to PA Telephone Help - A brochure explaining telephone assistance programs. 
PA Telephone Companies - A list of phone numbers and addresses of Pennsylvania telephone companies.
Counties Served by Telephone Companies - A list of counties and the telephone companies serving each county.
Telephone Companies by Counties - A list of telephone companies and the counties that are served.
Lifeline Across America Website - The FCC website that provides information and resources regarding federal and state Lifeline and Link-Up programs.
Follow the Path to Lifeline - A fact sheet explaining Lifeline discounts on the telephone bill.
Wireless Lifeline Providers (Word) - A chart that lists the wireless telephone companies that provide Lifeline discounts in Pennsylvania through the federal Lifeline program. The chart describes and highlights each wireless company's service plan options.
Customer Participation - Lifeline and Link-Up information for all participating telephone companies in 2012 and 2013.

Do Not Call Lists
Do Not Call Lists
Link to place your name on the state "Do Not Call" list. Pennsylvanians will be able to eliminate many unwanted telemarketing phone calls. The Office of the Attorney General is providing several convenient enrollment options that will speed the process and make it easy to sign up.
National Do Not Call Registry
Link to place your home or cell phone number on the national "Do Not Call" list.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widow and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and oler.  More information is available by visiting or by calling 1 888 222 9190.

Mine subsidence risk
Homeowners are urged to check updated mine maps to determine if their home or other buildings are at risk of mine subsidence.  Over 1 million homes in Pennsylvania sit atop abandoned mines. offers an interactive and precise view of maps.
Mine subsidence is not covered by standard homeowner's insurance policy.  A subsidence event can occur at any time and cause sudden, significant damage, often exceeding $100,000 or total loss of the structure.   DEP administers low-cost mine subsidence insurance (MSI) coverage through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Senior citizens are eligible for discounted rates.  Homeowners may also call 1 800 922 1678 to check if their home is over an abandoned mine or for more information about the Mine Subsidence Insurance Program.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.  You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure.  Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality.

Connellsville Area Community Ministries
110 West Crawford Avenue
Connellsville, PA  15425
724 626 1120

Salvation Army
West Crawford Avenue and First Street
Connellsville, PA  15425
724 628 2010

Fayette County Community Action Agency
108 N Beeson Blvd, Uniontown, PA 15401
724 437 6050

LIHEAP (Utility Assistance Programs--Electric & Gas)
West Penn Power  1 800 207 1250
Columbia Gas 1 800 537 7431
Water 1 888 282 6816

AmericCorps 202 606 5000
                   717 787 1971

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
1 800 822 1174
Single Family Home Ownership Programs
     Access Home Modification Program
     Closing Cost Assistance Loan Program
     Renovate & Repair
     Energy Efficiency Loan Program