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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.



    • Governor Wolf approves $1.4 million to support nine community revitalization projects statewide

      By: David Misner Published: February 16, 2017 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of more than $1.4 million in funding through the Keystone Communities program to support nine community revitalization projects across the commonwealth. “Strong communities are built by projects that encourage revitalization and business development and the investments approved today …more

    • February Legislative Briefing Recording

      Federal: There’s much to catch up on in Washington, D.C. Hear the latest on the budget, Housing Choice Vouchers, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and more from Doug Rice, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Find out how to advocate with your representatives and senators from Joyce Sacco, Housing Alliance of PA. State: Governor …more

    • Webinar Recording: January Legislative Update

      Webinar recorded on January 11, 2017 Federal: Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation – Who’s Who and How Do We Reach Them? PA has 3 new representatives and 15 who are returning, along with our 2 senators. We talk about committee assignments and making the case for homes within reach of our neighbors – their constituents. State: The …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

    • Webinar Recording: Updates on Rental Housing Affordability in PA

      Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia confirms what our experience tells us. With the increasing number of renters combined with aging housing stock we are seeing higher rent prices and fewer affordable rental units. Across the state, there is a deficit of rental units both affordable and available to low-income renter households, resulting …more

    • Trump reverses Obama’s mortgage fee cuts on first day

      Author: Joe Light January 20, 2017 Soon after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his administration undid one of Barack Obama’s last-minute economic-policy actions: a mortgage-fee cut under a government program that’s popular with first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers. The new administration on Friday said it’s canceling a reduction in the Federal Housing …more

    • PA House releases its list of committee chairs for the 2017-18 Legislative Session

      By: Capitolwire.com Published: Friday, January 6, 2017 House Speaker Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, on Thursday issued a press release listing those House lawmakers appointed as the majority and minority chairs of the state House of Representatives’ standing committees for the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s 2017-18 Legislative Session. There have been a few changes since the start of …more

    • How Trump’s tax plan Could Hurt Affordable Housing In PA cities

      By: Eleanor Klibanoff Published: January 2, 2017 Across the United States generally, and Pennsylvania cities specifically, there’s a constant, gnawing issue that worries elected leaders, social service agencies and the poor alike. There’s not enough affordable housing and it often feels like there never will be. But there would be a lot less affordable housing …more

    • Department of Human Services seeks comments on ODP Waiver

      The Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, has published proposed revisions to the Home and Community Based Services waiver. The current waiver expires July 1, 2017, and a new waiver request must be submitted to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services by March 30. Supportive …more

    • Webinar Recording: Head Start and Services for Families and Children Experiencing Homelessness

      Webinar on December 16, 2016 Learn how Pennsylvania will implement new rules for Head Start that eliminate barriers faced by 4,000 young children ages 0 to 5 years old in Pennsylvania. Helping a 4-year old homeless child get into Head Start can be a significant challenge because of administrative barriers. Hear about how the federal government is …more