Property purchased for senior affordable housing

By SARAH PAEZ

spaez@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County and SEDA-Council of Governments Housing Development Corporation are moving forward with the purchase of property in Flemington to house the future senior living complex Susquehannock Heights.

The purchase is funded in part by a 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for $182,859 and Act 137 funds, totaling $200,000.

Plans for Susquehannock Heights, an $8 million 32-unit elderly affordable housing complex, began germinating around 2013 and were finalized last year. One-bedroom apartments will rent for $550 a month and two-bedroom apartments will rent for $660 a month.

The rest of the project will be funded through a combination of $800,000 in low-income housing tax credits, $7.5 million in private equity financing from Jersey Shore State Bank and Woodlands Bank, a $228,675 PennHOMES loan and $122,000 in Clinton County Housing Authority money.

SEDA-COG will own the property and the CCHA will manage it. After about 10 years, CCHA will acquire it, said county Planning Director Katie de Silva.

The project is expected to break ground this fall and finish in the spring of 2020.

This year’s fair housing resolution, which commissioners approved Thursday, includes information on tenant rights–namely, that during the renting or sale of housing, no one may discriminate against a person in various ways based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. It also lays out mortgage lending rights.

However, the fair housing brochure does say that “housing need not be made available to a person who is a direct threat to the health (or) safety of others or who currently uses illegal drugs.”

The planning department also gained an assistant planner and grants administrator, Gabriel Caprio, who will make a salary of $36,297. Caprio replaces Leah Mothersbaugh, who left the position in July.

De Silva said Caprio’s experience and qualifications matched the job description closer than the other candidates interviewed. Caprio has a master’s degree in planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and worked in the Indiana Borough planning department.

In the way of personnel, commissioners confirmed the transfers of Patricia Gentzyel from adult probation officer to caseworker/conference officer in the domestic relations department and Hunter Peters from truancy outreach worker to lead screener in Children and Youth Services. Peters is filling a vacancy left by the transfer of the previous lead screener to intake supervisor.

Commissioners also hired April Phillips as a full-time clerk typist II in the Department of Emergency Services (DES) and Alyssa Beth Mincer as a full-time clerk I at Magisterial District Court 25-3-01, both with an annual salary of $22, 283.

Lori Rhoads was promoted from dispatcher trainee to full-time dispatcher at the DES with an annual salary $28, 439.

At the county prison, Julia Robinson was hired as a full-time case manager in records at an annual salary of $34,568 and Steven Fernburg was hired as a part-time correctional officer making $11.50 an hour.

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