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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.



    • 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

    • Recording: Legislative Briefing

      Recorded: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 Hear the monthly Legislative Briefing to get the latest housing news from Harrisburg and Washington. Federal – To no one’s surprise, we have a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating. We will explore what that means for housing and community development programs. State – The General Assembly returns …more

    • Denied housing or a job due to a misdemeanor? New Pa. law can limit access to criminal histories

      By  Wallace McKelvey Published: October 04, 2016 Pennsylvanians will soon be able to put nonviolent offenses in their rear-view mirror. A new law taking effect Nov. 14 would allow residents with certain second- and third-degree misdemeanors to petition the court to limit access to their criminal records. The order is available for individuals who’ve had no …more

    • New Courtland gets $11M in tax credits for Frankford senior site

      By: Harold Brubaker Published: October 5, 2016 A New Courtland Senior Services has received $11 million in New Markets Tax Credits to build a 15,000 square foot facility in the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Frankford to provide medical services, adult day care, and other services for low-income seniors, according to Corporation for Supportive …more

    • Pennsylvania creates online housing tool for counties to help remove barriers to housing access

      By: Kait Gillis Published: October 6, 2016 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Director and CEO Brian Hudson announced the launch of an online tool to remove barriers to accessing housing called Prescreening, Assessment, Intake, and Referral (PAIR). “DHS is …more

    • How *Not* To Do Economic Development

      By: Alan Mallach Published: September 29, 2016 Camden is one of the most distressed cities in the United States, and if any city needs state help to build its economy, it’s Camden. While the state of New Jersey has responded, the way it has done so adds up to one of the most egregious examples …more

    • Webinar Recording- Energy Efficiency for Affordable Multifamily Housing

      Recorded: October 3, 2016 In the coming weeks, four of Pennsylvania’s electric companies – in conjunction with the Housing Alliance, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the PA Developer’s Council, and Energy Efficiency for All – will host meetings across the state to talk about their energy efficiency programs and gather feedback from the multifamily housing …more

    • Webinar Recording: Legislative Briefing September 14, 2016

      Call recorded: September 14, 2016 Agenda: Federal Budget:  The fiscal year ends in less than a month. What will Congress do to keep the money flowing? Get the latest from Washington. State: -PHARE/Housing Trust Fund – New money is on its way! Find out how you can get some for you housing work. -Neighborhood Assistance Program …more

    • To work on parole boards, no experience necessary

      By: Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene Published: September 2016 “‘Most folks make the assumption that parole boards are no longer on the scene,” says Edward Rhine, director of the parole release and revocation project at the University of Minnesota. Though this is true in the federal corrections system, almost all states still have parole boards. And …more

    • In wake of lawsuit, voter registrations up at Pennsylvania’s county assistance sites

      By Kate Giammarise Published: September 19, 2016 Since 2012, when a lawsuit was settled over voter registration issues, county assistance offices have submitted voter registration applications or change of address updates for more than 160,000 Pennsylvanians, according to a tally of statistics from the state. The lawsuit alleged that spot-checks and interviews with those who …more