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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.



    • Pennsylvania’s aging population: 2011 to 2015

      By: The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) Published: February 2017 The Keystone State’s population has grown older in the past five years, according to the American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. From 2011 to 2015, the age 65 and over population grew by 10.0 percent while the general population grew by only 0.5 percent. Pennsylvania ranked sixth …more

    • Could this one simple idea stop the revolving door to prison?

      By: Samantha Melamed Published: February 12, 2017 At age 35, Jermaine Myers has spent most of his adult life incarcerated. The cycle started when he was 16, charged with armed robbery as an adult. He got out at age 21 with the idea of getting a commercial driver’s license. Instead, he said, “I went back …more

    • Study shows poor children face higher rates of asthma and ADHD

      By David Templeton / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: February 13, 2017 Poverty takes a toll on human health and especially on children. The American Academy of Pediatrics and Britain’s Child Poverty Action Group, among various groups and scientific studies, long have documented the higher risk of illness, chronic disease and disability among impoverished children, along with …more

    • Pa. Supreme Court may examine demise of General Assistance program

      By: Kate Giammarise Published: January 26, 2017 A case before the state Supreme Court examines how the Legislature enacted a law that cut a cash assistance program for the poorest Pennsylvanians. The lawsuit stretches back to 2012, when the then-Republican-controlled General Assembly passed — and then-Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signed — Act 80, which eliminated the …more

    • 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