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2016 Policy Agenda

Each year the Housing Alliance Board of Directors reviews and updates a broad policy agenda that directs the Housing Alliance's work.

 The goal of the policy agenda is to ensure that the Housing Alliance's work reflects current community needs and political and economic realities, and that it effectively furthers our core mission: to ensure that all Pennsylvanians, especially those with low incomes, have access to safe, decent and affordable homes.

Housing Alliance Policy Agenda 2016

Goal: To create and lead a movement for economic opportunity and diversity by developing, preserving and providing a range of locally appropriate housing choices.

Objective 1

Expand low priced or affordable rental home production, operation and preservation.
  • Implement policies that lead to inclusive communities, especially in areas of high development and investment.
  • Organize state wide response and action on the federal budget and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Objective 2

Lead and support data-driven, state and local systems-change that move Pennsylvania toward being a national leader in making homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.
  • Establish an effective state Interagency Council on Homelessness.
  • Promote adoption of a state plan to end homelessness with quantifiable goals to measure progress.
  • Help with transition of having Medicaid pay for services and TANF for Rapid Rehousing.

Objective 3

Lead the adoption of incentives to develop blighted property for affordable housing; preserve, rehabilitation and repair deteriorated homes for owners and renters to spur community revitalization and economic development.
  • Alignment and incentivizing of public programs such as tax credits, site selection, Keystone Communities, Mixed Use Development, Penn State Housing Research Center, the PA Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Federal Home Loan Bank, Act 47 for Distressed Cities, etc.
  • Implement blight remediation tools such as strategic code enforcement and land banks.
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