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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.



    • 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

    • Big potential seen for rehabilitating contaminated sites in Lackawanna County

      By: Kyle Wind Published: September 16, 2016 JESSUP — The Carbondale rail yards deteriorated from a one-time freight hub into a little-used brownfield site until the city spearheaded a redevelopment effort in 1996, transforming the area into a thriving industrial park. Two decades later, engineer Dennis Kutch sees potential to bring more vacant manufacturing and …more

    • Commentary: Help with energy bills becoming available for low-income Pennsylvanians

      By: Patrick Cicero Published: September 8, 2016 NATIONWIDE, low-income households spend an average of three times as much of their income on energy as higher income households, in large part because of energy-inefficient housing. Low-income households here in Pennsylvania are among the hardest hit in the entire country, according to a recent study by the …more

    • PHARE Information- Updated September 2016

      Access an updated PHARE memo and a revised budget chart. Both reflect the new Realty Transfer Tax money and the memo describes the process for both RTT and the NHTF money.

    • 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