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State Housing Budget, Policies and Programs

State investment in the housing market has a double bottom line: it provides homes and economic growth. Many good state-funded housing programs help provide stable homes and communities for our most vulnerable citizens.  They also help grow the economy by producing jobs and tax revenue and by creating demand for products manufactured right here in the Keystone State.
Key programs include:
  • Pennsylvania Accessible Housing Program (PAH) modifies homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities so that they can remain in their homes.
  • Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) prevents and reduces homelessness by assisting families to stay in or move into homes.
  • Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) provides loans to help homeowners pay their mortgages until they get back on their feet, saving 45,000 homes since 1983.
  • Housing and Redevelopment Assistance (HRA) funds community revitalization and projects to develop affordable homes.
  • Legal Aid provides homeowners with representation in foreclosure.
  • Neighborhood Assistance (Tax Credit) Program (NAP) provides tax credits to corporations that contribute to approved community enhancement projects.

 

News

    • Phyllis Chamberlain to give testimony at a public hearing with Rep. Donna Bullock on Fair Chance Housing

      By: Housing Alliance of PA Published: July 20, 2016 State Representative Donna Bullock is  hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Fair Chance Housing on Wednesday, July 20 at 3 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art-Perelman Building’s Café, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The hearing focuses on Representative Bullock’s legislation that …more

    • Wolf’s concessions mark Pennsylvania budget

      By: The Associated Press Published: July 17, 2016 HARRISBURG – The House of Representatives had just finished voting the final pieces into place for Pennsylvania’s 2016-17 budget package, and Majority Leader Dave Reed walked next door in the Capitol to share congratulations with Gov. Tom Wolf. “So this really can work,” a smiling Wolf told …more

    • Governor Wolf announces tax credits and PennHOMES funding for affordable multifamily developments in Pennsylvania

      By: PA Governor’s Office Published: July 14, 2016 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced awards of $40.3 million in tax credits and $5.9 million in PennHOMES funding for the construction of 39 affordable multifamily housing developments located throughout Pennsylvania. The tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved …more

    • Applicants kept waiting for veterans home that had open beds

      By: Paul Muschick Published: July 17, 2016 The federal government isn’t alone in failing to provide top-notch service to aging and ill veterans and their spouses. Pennsylvania’s system could do better, too, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a recent audit. Applicants were out of order on waiting lists for some of the state’s …more

    • The skinny on the PA budget- from the Housing Alliance

      By: Cindy Daley Published: July 18, 2016 Pennsylvania now has a budget for FY 2016-17, along with Revenue Code amendments to pay for it and the Fiscal Code to say how some of it should be spent. Click here to read about housing and community development programs, including Line item appropriations The new Mixed-Use Development Fund …more

    • Webinar Recording: DHS Housing Strategy

      Webinar Recorded: July 15 Housing is critical to a person’s health and well-being. DHS believes that too many Pennsylvanians who have extremely low incomes are rent-burdened, too many people experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, and too many people who live in institutions could live in the community with assistance. The housing strategy …more

    • Recording: July Legislative Briefing

      Recorded on July 13, 2016 Discussed on the call this month: Budget  – Will we have a budget by the time of the Briefing? Either way, we will let you know how housing and community development programs and non-profits across the state are impacted. Blight Remediation HB 1500 and HB 1501 – land banks and …more

    • Bill exempting land banks from realty transfer tax goes to governor

      By: Patty Tascarella Published: July 14, 2016 Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that exempt land banks from the state realty transfer tax. The bill, approved by the Senate, now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf. “We want to encourage redevelopment of blighted properties in our communities, not hinder it, which is what …more

    • Governor Wolf announces tax credits and PennHOMES funding for affordable multifamily developments in Pennsylvania

      Press Release, PA.Gov Published: July 14, 2016 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced awards of $40.3 million in tax credits and $5.9 million in PennHOMES funding for the construction of 39 affordable multifamily housing developments located throughout Pennsylvania. The tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by …more

    • PANO Survey: Increased Taxes

      Pennsylvania nonprofits are partners of the Commonwealth in providing services that the state is mandated to provide. As such, we leverage a collective strength that we would be wise to collectively tap into. Here are a few facts that shape the Pennsylvania environment: In FY 2011-12, many health and human services budgets were cut by 10%. Where …more

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