SoWe Live

We believe Southwest Lancaster is a residential community of choice that offers a variety of housing options, including high-quality, well-managed rental homes and expanded home ownership opportunities for a full spectrum of household income levels.

SoWe Strive To:

  1. Establish Relationships with Quality Landlords and Developers in the Neighborhood.
  2. Systematically Intervene on Problem Rental Properties.
  3. Increase Home Ownership Opportunities.
  4. Educate/Support Prospective and Current Homeowners.

Your SoWe Live Committee Chair: Luis Ortega

Programs & Resources

Down Payment Assistance

Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership offers $7,500 in down payment assistance to individuals to purchase and occupy a home in SoWe. click here for more information or call LHOP’s Homeownership Specialist to see if you qualify at (717) 291-9945.

LHOP Home Buyer Course

Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership’s Home Buyer Course helps prepare participants for the home buying process and the responsibilities of homeownership. This course will help you determine if you’re ready to buy, evaluate your personal credit history, know what to expect at closing, develop and budget a savings plan, plan for life as a homeowner, and decide how much you can afford to pay. click here for more information and to see a class schedule.

Jim Shultz House to Home Program

Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership offers low-interest flexible financing to investors interested in purchasing, renovating, and re-selling homes to owner-occupants. Click here for more information or contact Miriam Soto or (717) 291-9945.

Housing Rights Contact Line

Housing Equality and Equity Institute at LHOP offers free technical assistance regarding fair housing and landlord-tenant issues by phone or by appointment. Tenants, landlords, property managers, and municipal officials can call 717-291-9945 ext. 107 for more information.

Affordable Home Repair Program

Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership and SoWe offer an Affordable Home Repair loan program for SoWe homeowners. Low interest loans with flexible terms are available to SoWe home owners. Services, including critical repair, weatherization and interior/exterior work, that enable a homeowner to maintain and/or continue to live in their home. Learn more about this program follow the links below.  For question or for more information please contact Jake Thorsen, or 717.455.3626

SoWe Home Repair Flyer

SoWe Facade Improvement Program

Lancaster City Alliance and SoWe are providing matching façade improvement grants for SoWe properties. Home Owners are prioritized in this program but open to all property owners.  2021 application period opens May 1st and closes June 15th. For program details and to see if you qualify contact Alex Otthofer at  or 717.696.6206. Staff is available to assist in English and Spanish.

Parking Assessment

In response to parking issues in the Southwest neighborhood, SoWe commissioned a consultant to complete a supply and demand parking study as well as a future forecast of parking conditions.  Kimley Horn completed this study in 2019. SoWe continues to look for opportunities to expand parking for residents. For updates on the parking  please contact Jake Thorsen at 717.455.3626

You can read the parking assessment here.

Lead Remediation Program

Assistance is available to reduce or eliminate lead hazards in housing for qualified applicants through the City of Lancaster’s Lead Hazards Control Program.

Tabor Community Services’ Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County

Tabor Community Services Financial Empowerment Center offers courses and counseling services to assist individuals to budget, save, avoid foreclosure, repair credit and more. To learn more or make an appointment visit 

The Financial Empowerment Center offers free workshops for community members. March to May 2021 Community Financial Workshops Schedule

Other Community Housing Resources

Who To Call Contact List – City Of Lancaster

United Way – Pennsylvania 2-1-1 East
2-1-1 East is a free, confidential, non-emergency, comprehensive informational and referral service that connects Lancaster County residents with health and human services, including child and elder care, food banks, and basic needs. Just dial 2-1-1 to be connected to the great services offered in Lancaster and beyond.