The Board of Commissioners of Pike County has established a First Time Homebuyer Program.

The objective of the Pike County First Time Homebuyer Program is to assist potential homebuyers who would otherwise be unable to access a pathway to affordable homeownership due to income barriers. The goal of the program is to increase the opportunities for sustainable homeownership for low- to modest-income homebuyers by overcoming the obstacles created by the total cost of purchasing. The program will create a meaningful incentive for the purchase of owner-occupied homes within Pike County.

Pike County recognizes the importance of homeownership stability as a revenue source for the county, communities, schools, and tax base. The Pike County First Time Homebuyer Program will alleviate the cost burden and lower the overall borrowed amount to encourage continued investment into Pike County.

Pike County will be partnering with NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NWNEPA) on this initiative. NWNEPA will provide education services, evaluation criteria, and determine the total funds needed for each eligible individual or household. NWNEPA will collaborate with all parties vested in homebuying transactions to promote collaboration and continuity of program requirements.

This program operates on a first-come, first-served program basis, and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Pike County would like to invite all interested parties to a virtual lunch and learn webinar on March 27, 2024 at 12 pm. Registration and information can be found

This project was financed by a grant from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, under the administration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development.

Additional information on the First Time Home Buyer program can be found at or by contacting Robert Ruiz, Executive Director for Human Services at Pike County, at (570) 296-3434 or

Photo ID: Back Row: Sara Hailstone, Principal, Hailstone Economic; Pike County Commissioners Christa Caceres, Ronald Schmalzle, and Matthew Osterberg; Robert Ruiz, Executive Director, Pike County Human Services; Stephanie Everson, Housing Coordinator, Pike County Human Services. Front Row: Kayla Orben, Assistant Director, Pike County Human Services; Pamela Anslinger, Director of HomeOwnership Services, NeighborWorks of Northeastern Pennsylvania; and Samantha Robayo, Project Coordinator, Pike County Human Services.