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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.



    • Policy Hearing in Pittsburgh Focuses on Eradicating Blight

      August 4, 2016 Cindy Daley, Policy Director at the Housing Alliance of PA, testifies at a policy hearing on blight in Pennsylvania. To see the testimony, click here. 

    • PHFA publishes amendment to PHARE program in PA Bulletin

      By: PRNewswire Published: July 29, 2016 HARRISBURG, Pa., July 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is publishing notice of an amendment to the PHARE program to incorporate the addition of new realty transfer tax (Act 58 of 2015) revenue.  The amended PHARE plan will be published in this week’s Pennsylvania Bulletin, inviting public …more

    • Medicaid Crosswalk

      The Corporation for Supportive Housing conducted a crosswalk of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program that looked at current services and highlighted areas to strengthen the program. Conducting interviews with service providers showed that people could stay in housing and stay healthy if Medicaid made a cost-effective commitment to supportive housing services. Executive Summary of Crosswalk Medicaid Crosswalk

    • Advocates call on state to strengthen supportive housing

      By: Radio Pennsylvania Published: July 23, 2016 (Harrisburg) — A report released this week calls on Pennsylvania to make changes to its Medicaid plan that could help the state fight its addiction crisis. Advocates with the Housing as Health Campaign say there is a large body of evidence showing a combination of housing with services …more

    • CRIZ 2.0: Big things expected from revamped tax incentive

      By: Tim Stuhldreher Published: July 24, 2016 A retooled state economic development program may at last be poised to deliver on its promise to bring a gusher of new investment to downtown Lancaster. How big a gusher? The first two projects in the pipeline total more than $70 million. “We’re very excited about the possibilities,” …more

    • Some midstate counties haven’t re-assessed properties in decades

      By: Ben Allen Published: July 25, 2016 (Lancaster) — As one midstate county is working on re-calibrating property values, many others haven’t made changes in years, sometimes decades. The re-assessment is already underway in Lancaster, using data instead of actual visits to the 190,000 parcels in the county. Before this most recent assessment, it had …more

    • 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