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Help us Prevent Poverty Across Pennsylvania

Living in poverty, or avoiding it, poses a range of challenges aside from just housing: health, employment, safety, education, and much more. While these aspects of life often parallel an individual or family’s housing situation, they are also an important piece of their experience and their well-being.



    • Sign up for Home Matters Day on June 12

      Monday, June 12th Harrisburg Capitol – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please join us to educate and advocate for increasing housing resources, ending homelessness, and eradicating blight in PA. We have the solutions now to make it so! 10:00 a.m. Legislative Visits 11:30 a.m. Media Event in the Capitol Rotunda 12:00 p.m. Lunch 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. Legislative Visits REGISTER HERE   Then …more

    • 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

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

      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 Community Change: …more

    • Rental Unaffordability, Homelessness, and Declining Resources Identified as Key Challenges in Housing and Neighborhood Development

      By: the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Published: March 30, 2017 The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Community Outlook Survey (COS) monitors trends affecting the well-being of low- and moderate-income (LMI) households and communities in the Third Federal Reserve District, which encompasses Delaware, southern New Jersey, and the eastern two-thirds of Pennsylvania. Each quarterly survey …more

    • 2016 County Population Estimates: Decadal Growth Slowed by County Losses

      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 of Pennsylvania’s …more

    • PA ABLE Savings Program Launch

      By: McAndrews Law Offices P.C. Published: March 21, 2017 McAndrews Law Offices is pleased to share that Pennsylvania will be officially launching the Pa ABLE Savings Accounts as of April 3, 2017!  ABLE accounts are tax advantaged savings accounts, similar to 529 accounts, that are designed specifically to allow persons with special needs to save …more

    • Less segregated communities aren’t only more inclusive. They’re more prosperous.

      By: Mark Treskon Published: March 28, 2017 Segregation is associated with many negative effects. It concentrates social, economic, and environmental resources and hazards, and it harms people living in distressed and isolated neighborhoods. Regions with high degrees of segregation stratify access to education and other public services, opportunities for social interaction, and labor market prospects. …more

    • State and National News on the President’s Proposed FY18 Budget

      3/17/2017; updated April 3, 2017 Since the President’s budget came out yesterday, there have been many news articles published about what it means for Non Defense Discretionary programs and the people they serve. There has also been analyses published by National Groups digging deeper into long term impacts of such a budget. All related articles …more

    • Congress Decides What Happens with the Budget

      Posted March 16, 2017  YOUR ACTION IS CRITICAL In the past few weeks and months, we have seen more of you engage in conversations and meetings with your federal Members of Congress than ever before. It is extremely important that we continue to engage with our Senators and Representatives to advocate for resources for housing and …more

    • Webinar Recording: Innovative Approaches to Combating Opioid and Heroin Abuse

      Recorded on March 4, 2017 Opioid use and related deaths have reached epidemic levels in the state of Pennsylvania.  More people die from a drug overdose than a car crash. Ten Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose; there were over 3,500 deaths in 2015 alone. This crisis does not discriminate and affects people …more