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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.



    • America’s forgotten ‘middle neighborhoods’

      By: Paul C. Brophy, Ira Goldstein Published: January 5, 2016 An estimated 46 percent of the nation’s urban population lives in a category of neighborhoods that local governments pay little attention to: America’s “middle neighborhoods.” These neighborhoods are generally affordable and attractive, and they offer a reasonable quality of life, but many of them are …more

    • Pa. Department of Human Services prepares to launch mobile app

      By: Kate Giammarise / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: November 28, 2016 Officials for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services say they hope a soon-to-be-released mobile phone app will help save time and effort for both caseworkers and clients. The app is still in its final testing stages, officials say, but they hope it will be available for clients …more

    • Governor Wolf announces federal funding for the Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

      Press Release, Governor’s Office Published: October 27, 2016 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced that the Department of Human Services has received approximately $185.5 million in federal funding for the 2016-17 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) season. This season marks the commonwealth’s 35th anniversary participating in the program. “Making sure all Pennsylvanians are …more

    • DOJ says landlords cannot use overly broad generalizations when screening applicants for criminal records

      By: NLIHC Published: October 24, 2016 The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest that argues the Fair Housing Act does not permit landlords to use overly broad generalizations that disproportionately impact protected classes of people when screening applicants’ criminal records. The statement of interest was filed in the U.S. District Court …more

    • A strong rule and reforms are needed to combat payday loans

      By: Josh Silver Published: October 20, 2016 Something astonishing happened when the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) asked the public for comments on its proposed rule to curb high-cost and abusive payday loans: the CFPB received 1 million comments. This doesn’t happen too often for regulatory proposals, but the stakes are high. Consumer and community …more

    • How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?

      By: Judy Perlman Published: October 14, 2016 FACT: Rates of homelessness in the U.S. remained essentially unchanged between 2008-2012. This is surprising indeed, especially against the backdrop of a recession that had its origins in the housing market, and in which tens of thousands of homeowners lost their homes. Evan Horowitz made an important contribution …more

    • Denied housing or a job due to a misdemeanor? New Pa. law can limit access to criminal histories

      By  Wallace McKelvey Published: October 04, 2016 Pennsylvanians will soon be able to put nonviolent offenses in their rear-view mirror. A new law taking effect Nov. 14 would allow residents with certain second- and third-degree misdemeanors to petition the court to limit access to their criminal records. The order is available for individuals who’ve had no …more

    • New Courtland gets $11M in tax credits for Frankford senior site

      By: Harold Brubaker Published: October 5, 2016 A New Courtland Senior Services has received $11 million in New Markets Tax Credits to build a 15,000 square foot facility in the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Frankford to provide medical services, adult day care, and other services for low-income seniors, according to Corporation for Supportive …more

    • Smart Growth advocate: ‘Aspire to build places people love’

      By: Diana Nelson Jones Published: October 3, 2016 Standing at a podium in the August Wilson Center for African American Culture recently, Kaid Benfield, with control of the slide show remote, gave his audience one view of Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Conn. — a hard, gray streetscape with the capitol dome in the background — and …more

    • How *Not* To Do Economic Development

      By: Alan Mallach Published: September 29, 2016 Camden is one of the most distressed cities in the United States, and if any city needs state help to build its economy, it’s Camden. While the state of New Jersey has responded, the way it has done so adds up to one of the most egregious examples …more