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19Apr

April Legislative Briefing

Legislative Briefing recorded April 12, 2017

Federal:

Get the latest on the federal budget for FY 17 and FY 18, and progress on the Low income Housing Tax Credit bills from Rebekah King, Policy Associate, National Housing Conference.

State:

There’s movement on the state budget as well. Get an update from Cindy Daley.
Can we expand the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)? There is a campaign underway to do just that.

 

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Apr

ASAP Strategy Brief: Messaging to Policymakers & other Stakeholders on Program Alignment

Share List By: ASAP Published: Spring 2017 A deep well of valuable resources exist on messaging for safety net programs, including SNAP, Medicaid and TANF, that resonate positively with the public. Among them are:  FrameWorks Institute: Building a New Narrative on Human Services  FrameWorks Institute Messaging Memo: Talking Human Services  Center for…

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18Apr

‘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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13Apr

Webinar Recording: Employment Opportunities in HUD-funding and LIHTC Communities

Presented in partnership with Regional Housing Legal Services and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, this webinar will cover PHFA’s recent addition of a preference for developments that commit to providing employment opportunities for residents as well as an overview of HUD’s Section 3 requirements and tips for locating and qualifying Section 3 business concerns.

Developers, consultants, contractors, and business development professionals will all find useful information in this presentation.

Presenters:

Holly Glauser, PHFA
Bob Damewood, Regional Housing Legal Services
Jack Stucker, Regional Housing Legal Services

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11Apr

Online Tool Estimates Local Impacts of HUD Budget Cuts

Share List Affordable Housing Online released a new online tool that estimates the impact of the Trump administration’s proposed FY18 HUD budget on states and local jurisdictions. The tool shows the estimated loss of funding from key HUD programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the HOME program, the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds, and…

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Apr

CBPP’s Updated Fact Sheets on Federal Rental Assistance

Share List The Center for Budget Policy and Priorities have updated their state-specific fact sheets on the distribution of federal rental assistance. They used the latest data to show how many people use federal rental assistance, who is served, and how need outpaces the availability of rental assistance. Click here for the latest data for Pennsylvania.

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Apr

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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05Apr

South Whitehall insurance company settles fair housing complaint

Share List By: Michelle Merlin Published: April 3, 2017 A South Whitehall Township insurance company, saying it was a “misunderstanding,” resolved a fair housing complaint about minority callers who requested quotes for homeowners insurance. Arbor Insurance Group will volunteer to help first-time homebuyers as part of the agreement with the Housing Equality Center of Pennsylvania,…

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04Apr

Will tax reform upend market for low-income housing?

Share List By: Adam Allington Published: March 29, 2017 The election of President Trump has added uncertainty to the already speculative market that is low-income housing development. Over the past 30 years, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program has created millions of units of affordable housing across the country, though still not enough to meet demand….

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31Mar

President Trump Wants $3 Billion for a Border Wall. Here’s What He’d Cut to Pay For It.

Share List By: Andrew Taylor Published: March 28, 2017 (WASHINGTON) –  The White House is calling for immediate budget cuts of $1 from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community development grants to help pay for the border wall that President Donald Trump repeatedly promised would be financed by Mexico. The administration would eliminate $1.2…

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