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    • 2018 PHARE Funding Supports Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Projects

      2018 PHARE Funding Supports Pennsylvania Affordable Housing Projects Last Thursday Governor Tom Wolf announced the 2017-18 projects that received PHARE funding. A total of $26.6 million was awarded to 137 housing and community development initiatives in 52 counties. “The projects …more

    • Pittsburgh Task Force Issues Proposals to Improve Fair Housing

      From proposals regarding tenant screening, increased legal assistance for low-income renters facing eviction, applying fair housing criteria to proposed development projects and inclusionary zoning, a task force unveiled a series of draft recommendations Wednesday aimed at reducing barriers to fair …more

    • Trump Executive Order Strengthens Work Requirements for Neediest Americans

      President Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order directing federal agencies to strengthen existing work requirements and introduce new ones for low-income Americans receiving Medicaid, food stamps, public housing benefits and welfare as part of a broad overhaul of government assistance programs. The …more

    • Blight Proposal Could Aid City, Property Owners

      A plan that could allow property owners to purchase adjoining land is under consideration by the New Castle Blight Action Team. Christopher Gulotta of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, who has been consulting with the city on blight eradication, met …more

    • Congratulations PA HUD-VASH Funding Recipients

      HUD has awarded $2.3 million through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program to public housing authorities in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Nearly $500,000 of those funds will help 85 homeless veterans through the efforts of 13 PHAs in Pennsylvania. The …more

    • Gallery Provides Art Works for Chester Public Housing

      More than 100 guests visited an opening reception Friday evening for a first-of-its-kind collaboration to place art work in public housing. The Nebula Gallery, located at the 602 Avenue of the States – the site of the silent film-era William …more

    • Fair Housing is 50, But Has Its Promise Been Realized?

      The landlord said she was “a stupid brown woman” who was exaggerating the need for repairs at her apartment, according to a discrimination complaint the Allison Park resident filed. “You Indians are all the same,” the man said. “Do I …more

    • How Phoenixville was Able to Rise From the Ashes – and What Other Towns Can Learn From It

      Just what is in that secret sauce, the stuff applied to revitalize our older downtowns? The right formula requires a measure of art and science. The secrets of Phoenixville’s highly successful revitalization efforts are now revealed here. Once a downtrodden, disinvested mill …more

    • New Housing First Implementation Resources Available From HUD

      HUD recently published a suite of new resources for communities to strengthen their Housing First approach: Housing First Implementation Working with Project Participants in a Housing First Approach Housing First in Specific Project Types Trauma-Informed Care Click here to view …more

    • What Local Neighborhood was Named the No. 2 Place to Buy a House in America?

      Life is great in several local neighborhoods, according to Niche, and one was just shy of being named the best place to buy a house in the United States. Niche released its annual rankings after grading the quality of local education …more