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Landlord Engagement

Convened by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Housing Alliance, the Rental Housing Work Group is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to expanding affordable quality rental options for individuals and families who face barriers to housing.  Using collaboration, coordination, education and risk management, we bring nonprofits together with rental housing owners and managers to advance the goal of a home within reach of every southwestern Pennsylvanian.  
The Rental Housing Work Group was formed under the Southwestern Pennsylvania Housing Alliance Network, which is a broad-based venue for persons interested in the community development, affordable housing and homeless arenas to come together, discuss trends, share resources, and develop strategies to meeting the housing needs of our community. Related Links: Staving Off Eviction: NPR Eviction Series



    • Report Release: Creating Win-Win Partnerships with Landlords

      On February 2, 2017,  the Southwest PA Housing Alliance released a report on unlocking affordable housing opportunities titled, “How to Create Win-Win Partnerships with Landlords: A Set of Recommendations for Allegheny County.” The report and discussion focused on  recommended strategies to further engage landlords and unlock affordable housing opportunities for low income households. With these recommendations, the …more

    • Homes Within Reach Powerpoint Presentations and Photos

      Thank you so much for attending Homes Within Reach and making this year’s conference a big success. We are excited to share with you the photos from this year’s conference. Please click here to view the photos for all three days. Part of what makes the conference great is the wide variety of presenters sharing …more

    • Resources from: Housing Opportunity, 2nd Annual Forum for Landlords

      At this forum, landlords who are already working with housing assistance programs networked with different agencies. Landlords who have never worked with a housing assistance program before had the chance to ask questions and learn extensively about these programs in a low pressure environment. Resources from Forum: Landlord Forum Program Powerpoint– Exploring the Experiences of Individuals …more

    • Webinar Recording: Renting to Refugees

      Webinar presented on: August 17, 2016 Every month individuals and families around the globe flee their homes to escape persecution, imprisonment or death simply because of race, religion, nationality, or political affiliation. After years of living in camps, some families are able to make new homes in new countries. Learn how local agencies help refugees …more

    • Webinar Recording: Landlords Needed to End Veteran Homelessness!

      Webinar: July 28, 2016 We owe a great debt of gratitude to our nations service men and women. And once that service is over, the least we can do is ensure that all veterans have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home. Unfortunately, On any given night in Allegheny County, 156 veterans, including some with families, experienced …more

    • Webinar Materials: Renting to Tenants with a Criminal History

      Webinar Date: May 19, 2016 Good landlords who rent to tenants with records can help the tenants stabilize their living situation, be better able to support their families, and live law-abiding lives in the community. Screening out tenants with a criminal history can strain community resources, threaten family security, and lead to homelessness and recidivism. …more

    • Camden cracks down on deadbeat landlords

      By: David Madden Published: June 22, 2016 (CAMDEN, NJ) —  The city of Camden is teaming up with Camden County on the code enforcement front, targeting several thousand landlords who have not registered their units for regular inspections. Call it a carrot and stick approach, as more than a dozen part timers are being hired Camden …more

    • For those with Section 8 vouchers, finding suitable housing difficult

      By: Kate Giammarise Published: June 20, 2016 It can take years to get a Section 8 voucher in Pittsburgh. But it takes just four months to lose it. Pittsburgh’s voucher waiting list has about 5,000 families on it, but once a family gets one, the clock starts ticking. The recipient must find a qualified residence within …more

    • One in five Americans has sacrificed spending to make rent

      By: Kriston Capps Published: June 1, 2016 Households in the U.S. are having a hard time making ends meet. Even as Americans continue to recover from the hammer that hit them in the late 2000s, they face severe and rising rents and jobs that are geographically concentrated in just a handful of metro centers. A …more

    • Affordable Housing Task Force Findings and Recommendations to Mayor William Peduto and the Pittsburgh City Council

      Report published May 31, 2016 Affordable Housing Task Force began with an assumption that there was a compelling need to address the changing landscape of housing affordability in Pittsburgh. Through research, discussion, and community and stakeholder engagement, the Task Force has arrived at recommendations that respond to both the assumption and the realities of affordable …more