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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.



    • 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

    • PA Labor & Industry to issue residential wage rates

      By: Cindy Daley, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania Published: December 14, 2016 The PA Department of Labor and Industry (L & I) will issue residential wage rates for single family homes effective back to July 1, 2016.  Single family is defined as owner-occupied and designed to be occupied by one family, whether it is a detached …more

    • Audit: Vague guidelines led to improper spending of Pa.’s impact fees

      By Laura Legere / Harrisburg Bureau Published: December 6, 2016 Weak oversight and unclear limits in Pennsylvania’s impact fee law have allowed some local governments to spend the money in ways that have little to do with addressing the natural gas drilling-related pressures the funds were meant to offset, according to a report released Tuesday …more

    • 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 and Photos

      Thank you so much for attending Homes Within Reach and making this year’s conference a big success. We are excited to share with you the photos from this year’s conference. Please click here to view the photos for all three days. Part of what makes the conference great is the wide variety of presenters sharing …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