SoWe Live

Goal: 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.


  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.
Programs & Resources

Affordable Home Repair Program

Tenfold Community Lending and SoWe offer an Affordable Home Repair Program for SoWe homeowners. Grants and 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 more information please contact SoWe Director Amos Stoltzfus or 717.358.3626

SoWe Home Repair Flyer (English)

SoWe Home Repair Flyer (Spanish)

Down Payment Assistance

Tenfold offers $10,000 in down payment assistance to individuals to purchase and occupy a home in SoWe. For more information visit or call Tenfold’s Homeownership Specialist to see if you qualify at (717) 397-5182.

Home Buyer Course

Tenfold’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.

Tenfold’s Financial Empowerment Center for Lancaster County

Tenfold’s 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. See a full list of workshops and classes here

Jim Shultz House to Home Program

Tenfold Community Lending offers low-interest flexible financing to investors interested in purchasing, renovating, and re-selling homes to owner-occupants. Click here for more information or call (717) 397-5182.

Housing Rights and Resource Center

Housing Rights and Resource Center at Tenfold offers resources for tenants and landlords. The Center also provides free technical assistance regarding fair housing and landlord-tenant issues by phone or by appointment. Tenants, landlords, property managers, and municipal officials can call 717-358-9372 for more information.

Facade Improvement Program

Lancaster City Alliance provides matching façade improvement grants for eligible properties within SoWe. 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 Amos Stoltzfus 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.

Other Community Housing Resources

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.