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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

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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11Apr

Report: Best Practices in Early Care and Education for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

Share List Report By: Prepared for Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) by William Curran-Groome, Research & Evaluation Group, Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA Published: March 2017 Executive Summary: In late 2016, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Education (ED) published a joint policy statement concerning…

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Apr

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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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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31Mar

Webinar Recording: Medicaid and Supportive Housing Services

Medicaid, in its expanded form, creates new opportunities for more people to get connected to the care and services they need to be healthy.  However, Medicaid in PA could be stronger, when it comes to linking vulnerable people with housing in order to help them manage their medical conditions.  Learn about the progress made on supportive housing services and Medicaid, and hear the latest news on the PA Department of Human Services’ (DHS) efforts to create housing supports and services funded in part by Medicaid.

  • Hear the latest news and action on Medicaid housing supports and services,
  • Learn more about the connection between housing and healthcare,
  • Hear more about how Medicaid can be used to connect vulnerable populations (those with a substance use disorder, the chronically homeless, those with HIV/AIDS, etc.) to supportive housing services,
  • Reveal key recommendations that advocates will use to promote improvements to the Medicaid system.

Presenters:

  • Ben Laudermilch, Executive Housing Director, PA Department of Human Services
  • Patrick Keenan, Director, Consumer Protections & Policy, Health Access Network (PHAN)

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30Mar

2016 County Population Estimates: Decadal Growth Slowed by County Losses

Share List By: Pennsylvania State Data Center Published: March 2017 HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s southeast and southcentral counties continue to grow into the second half of the decade while the rest of the state experiences population losses. Despite ranking 6th in the nation for total population, percent decreases at the county level have resulted in most…

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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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