Petra Community Housing, formerly Phoenixville Homes was created by the Phoenixville Area Council of Churches in 1994 to provide solutions to the lack of affordable housing in the region. The earliest projects of the organization consisted of providing small grants and loans to low income, first time homebuyers enabling them to purchase a home. As the need for affordable housing grew, monies raised were invested into building ten (10) new homes in Phoenixville and purchasing, renovating and reselling existing homes. To date over 30 families in the greater Phoenixville area have been assisted in becoming first time home buyers.
Collaborating with multiple funders on a much larger scale, Petra Community Housing purchased three vacant former factories and turned them into 139 affordable rental housing units for very low income elderly and adults with disabilities. Two facilities in Spring City provide housing for seniors 62 years and older while the facility in Royersford provides housing for adults with disabilities. Upon the completion of the projects, Petra Community Housing became the managing agent for all three developments.
Over the past several years the housing market has changed but the need for affordable housing continues to grow. In response to the changing market, Petra Community Housing is actively engaged in the development of rental housing that will provide affordable housing for seniors, families, persons with disabilities and special need populations.