Columbia County  
Housing Redevelopment Authorities

 At CCHRA, we are

  dedicated to providing safe,

  decent, affordable housing

  opportunities to the residents of 

    Columbia County, 


 Public Housing

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. 

 Public housing was established to provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Public housing comes in all sizes and types, from scattered single family houses to highrise apartments for elderly families. 

There are approximately 1.2 million households living in public housing units, managed by some 3,300 Housing Agencies (HAs) throughout the United States. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers Federal aid to local HAs that manage the housing for low-income residents at rents they can afford. HUD furnishes technical and professional assistance in planning, developing, and managing these developments.


As of January 1st, 2018, the Columbia County Housing Authority has begun the implementation of a No Smoking Policy for all of its Public Housing Properties.  A phase-in period of the policy will run from January 1st, 2018 through June 30th, 2018.  For additional information, please click on the following link:

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 Matt Karchner 

by emailing or calling 570-394-3320.