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Help us Provide an Affordable Home for Everyone in Pennsylvania

The affordability gap between the cost of a home and what people actually make is present in every community in the state, from the most rural to the most urban, and in every state around this country. High costs force many Pennsylvania workers to over-burden themselves, paying more than they can truly afford just to give their family a place to live.
In 2011, fair market rent of a two-bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania is $837. To afford this rate, one needs to earn $16.09 per hour – but the average renter in Pennsylvania only makes $12.49. The minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, requiring someone to work more than two full-time, minimum wage jobs just to afford a place to live.



    • 2008-2017 State Budget Chart updated April 6, 2017

      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 has been …more

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

      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 Act 58 …more

    • Housing projects receive $95K in state funding

      By: Lock Haven Express Published: April 19, 2017 LOCK HAVEN — A Clinton County program to benefit families in need is among five housing-related projects in the 25th Senatorial District that will receive a total of $345,000 to improve availability and affordability of housing, according to state Sen. Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. Earning $95,000 is the …more

    • $200G Pa. grant to aid Bloom housing

      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 awarded a …more

    • ‘Stripper’ well ruling could cause $16 million drop in impact fees

      By: Laura Legere Published: April 12, 2017 A recent Pennsylvania court ruling that frees companies from paying impact fees on shale gas wells with low production in a single month could cut this year’s impact fee collection by $16 million, with larger declines in future years as production from older wells dwindles, public utility regulators said …more

    • 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, …more

    • Governor Wolf announces recipients of PHARE funding

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT Victoria Bourret, Communications and Project Manager Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania 215-576-7044 victoria@housingalliancepa.org Date: April 13, 2017 Harrisburg, PA- Today $12 million was awarded to 68 programs and projects across 38 counties in Pennsylvania to expand the availability of homes within reach of low wage workers and people on fixed incomes. …more

    • CBPP’s Updated Fact Sheets on Federal Rental Assistance

      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.

    • 2017 Housing Survey

      By: Lancaster Pollard Published: April 7, 2017 In January of 2017, Lancaster Pollard sent an online survey to approximately 2,400 leaders in affordable and multifamily housing throughout the U.S. Over the course of two weeks, 243 respondents completed the online survey. The survey has a 95% confidence level and a confidence interval of 6.26, meaning …more

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

      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 and heating …more