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Rural Housing

Rural areas face many of the same challenges as cities and suburbs: blight, foreclosure, homelessness, a lack of available affordable housing. However, the lower density of our rural areas often leaves them with even fewer resources to address these critical issues. Many rural areas lack service providers, non-profit developers, and local housing trust funds, leaving them with fewer tools to address these challenges.  
In Pennsylvania, the growth of the Marcellus Shale industry has left many rural communities with a deficit of available housing for even their existing residents, let alone the influx of new workers.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides resources for developing and supporting single- and multi-family homes as well as community building initiatives, but Pennsylvania needs to work to improve the tools available for these communities.



    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • New CHCDF Report Shows Importance of Affordable Housing, Calls on Congress to Fund Vital Programs

      By: NLIHC Published: March 6, 2017 A Place to Call Home: The Case for Increased Federal Investments in Affordable Housing, a new report released by the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding (CHCDF) and NLIHC, compiles the latest research showing how investments in affordable housing boost economic mobility, reduce poverty and homelessness, improve health …more

    • State Budget for Housing- from 2008-2017

      Download the budget chart: 2008-2017 chart rev

    • Webinar Recording: Briefing and Action Plan for District and DC Visits with Federal Congressional Delegation

      Learn about key issue areas, the particular asks we will be raising during the meetings, and major talking points. This webinar will help you feel comfortable enough to make the case for affordable homes and community development funding in 2017/2018.

    • Resources from CSH on supportive housing, ageing, criminal justice, and the opioid epidemic

      By: CSH Published: 2015/2016 Click on the publications below to learn more about the ageing homeless and supportive housing population, how supportive housing for the justice involved and people dealing with substance abuse can yield positive results, and the need for better access to healthcare in rural supportive housing communities. Healthy Ageing in Supportive Housing Toolkit …more

    • Pa. development fight grows on ‘sliver’ of farmland

      By: Michaelle Bond Published: January 22, 2017 It is a mere “sliver” in the county that has the state’s richest harvest of farmland, over 100,000 of which is off-limits to development. But conservation activists say the future of land preservation in Pennsylvania hinges on the fate of a patch of Lancaster County farmland that is …more