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20Apr

2008-2017 State Budget Chart updated April 6, 2017

Share List Revised 4/6/17 Figures are rounded. 1 Tax Credit; part of the Tax code not the Budget. 2 Also included in HSDF Block Grant. 3 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 funded from the Homeowner Assistance Settlement Fund, not General Fund. 4 Funded from Act 13 Impact Fees. Minimum of $5 M but by formula the amount…

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19Apr

Governor Wolf Announces New PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing across Pennsylvania

Share List Press Release from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office Published: April 13, 2017 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. This funding is a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax earmarked through…

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Apr

Erie land bank board conducts first meeting

Share List By Kevin Flowers Published: April 18, 2017 The Erie Land Bank, aimed at fighting blight, is officially up and running. The land bank’s five-member board of directors conducted its first meeting at Erie City Hall on Monday afternoon. During the meeting, the board elected officers and adopted its bylaws, and started preliminary discussions…

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18Apr

$200G Pa. grant to aid Bloom housing

Share List By: Bloomsburg Press Enterprise Published: April 14, 2017 HARRISBURG — A state agency has provided the first bit of funding for a “multi-million dollar, four-story, general occupancy apartment complex” at the former site of the Bloomsburg Mills, according to a press release from state Sen. John Gordner. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has…

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Apr

‘You need that first inviting structure’: Dauphin County begins process to redevelop blighted commercial properties

Share List By: Christen Alexandersen Published: April 12, 2017 Dozens of vacant commercial and industrial properties in Dauphin County may be given new life as part of a redevelopment program to transform blighted properties into prized community assets. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Dauphin County a $400,000 grant to conduct dozens of environmental assessments…

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11Apr

In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear

Share List By: Yamiche Alcindor Published: April 2, 2017 KINSMAN, Ohio — For years, Tammy and Joseph Pavlic tried to ignore the cracked ceiling in their living room, the growing hole next to their shower and the deteriorating roof they feared might one day give out. Mr. Pavlic worked for decades installing and repairing air-conditioning…

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07Apr

Webinar Recording: Using Conservatorship to Tackle Blight

Conservatorship is one of the only legal tools available that allows a court to appoint someone to deal with an abandoned property when the owner had died, moved away, or refuses to act. Learn how conservatorship is being used in creative ways across the state and how to make your case in court.

Presenters:

  • Kendall Pelling, Project Manager, East Liberty Development, Inc.
  • Andrew Menchyk, Esq., Stepanian & Menchyk, LLP

Conservatorship presentation part 1

Conservatorship presentation part 2

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29Mar

Webinar Recording: Land Banks 101

Webinar Recorded on March 24, 2017

What is a land bank?  What does a land bank do?  Land banks are a new tool for communities to strategically acquire vacant, abandoned and tax delinquent properties and convert these liabilities into assets.  This webinar provides an overview of land banks and land banking under the Pennsylvania Land Bank Act.  Case studies highlighting best practices from several Pennsylvania land banks are shared during webinar.

  • Presenter:  Winnie Branton, Principal,  Branton Strategies LLC

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21Mar

CDBG Money Continues to Fund City Redevelopment Amid Federal Budget Changes

Share List By: Alex Levy, PCRG Published: March 10, 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, a longstanding program operated by HUD, continues to be a primary source of support for the City of Pittsburgh and its community organizations in 2017. This year’s capital budget, which can be viewed in its entirety here, receives 17%…

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