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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.



    • Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Cornerstone Group Receives $80 Million of New Markets Tax Credits

      By: PRESS RELEASE (HTTPS://WWW.GOVERNOR.PA.GOV/TOPIC/PRESS-RELEASE/) Date: November 18, 2016 Governor Tom Wolf proudly announces that the Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG), a non-profit community development group created by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, has secured $80 million in New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocations. Click here to read full article.

    • Homes Within Reach Powerpoint Presentations

      Thank you so much for attending Homes Within Reach and making this year’s conference a big success. Part of what makes the conference great is the wide variety of presenters sharing their knowledge and information in the workshop sessions. Every year, we share the information from the presentations, so you can refresh your memory and …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

    • Powerpoints from Utility Act 129 Meetings

      The Housing Alliance of PA held 4 meetings in the Fall with utility companies and our stakeholders. The meetings were held so people could learn more about what resources are available for developers and property owners to use.  Developers/Property owners were also able to give and get feedback on utility companies’ Act 129 energy efficiency programs. …more

    • Publication: Real People, Real Results

      A snapshot of how Pennsylvania’s State Housing Trust Fund PHARE is working. To read the publication, click here.

    • Webinar Recording: Using PHARE Funds to Prevent and End Homelesness

      In light of our shared success in ensuring statewide funding for PHARE,  hear about PHFA’s recently released Request for Proposals for $12.668 million for the state housing trust fund. Given our collective goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-reoccurring we are excited to share a funding opportunity with you. These funds can be used for homeless services such …more

    • Pa. counties on track to get millions for blight demolition

      By: Emily Previti, WITF Published: November 2, 2016 A proposal for a $15 deed and mortgage recording fee awaits Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature. The fees collected would go to counties, which would have to use the money to demolish blighted structures. Communities often struggle to deal with abandoned buildings. Some are left to deteriorate after …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

    • Easton’s Third Street Alliance part of effort to end homelessness

      By: Daryl Nerl Published: October 28, 2016 Easton’s Third Street Alliance for Women and Children will be at the forefront of a coordinated effort to end homelessness in the Lehigh Valley, organization officials announced Thursday. The Alliance, which has had a core mission of helping homeless women and children for more than 20 years, has …more

    • PHARE/Realty Transfer Tax Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) is open!

      PHFA is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals for applicants interested in applying for 2016 PHARE/Realty Transfer Tax funds. The Agency is seeking unique and creative approaches that foster partnerships and leverage resources to address critical housing needs as PHARE expands to all 67 counties of the Commonwealth.  We will be …more