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Making a Home Within Reach for Pennsylvanians

The Official Blog of the Housing Alliance of PA
    • Home Rehabilitation Program Plants Seeds of Pride in the Slate Belt

      The Morning Call Jeff and Judy Travers have had little time — and money — to worry about the little things before they became big things. Their home on Northampton Street in Bangor is the only house they ever bought …more

    • Families Will Benefit from Expanding the Evidence Base on Supportive Housing

      How Housing Matters Housing instability among families and children can be detrimental to child welfare, health, economic, and other outcomes. Policymakers and service providers in these fields should consider weaving housing into their approaches. Treating instability at its roots can relieve the trade-offs …more

    • Congress Faces Deadline to Fund Federal Government for Remainder of FY19

      National Low Income Housing Coalition  Congress has so far failed to enact several federal spending bills for FY19, including those that fund affordable housing and community development programs.  The current stopgap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), expires …more

    • Without a Home: Coordinated Entry Streamlines Assistance

      The article below is from a series entitled “Closer Look: Homelessness in Carlisle”. Just getting into the system to get assistance in dealing with homelessness was a challenge prior to the beginning of this year. A person had to go …more

    • Fix for Public Housing Underfunding Raises New Concerns

      An Investigate TV report found that 24 percent Pennsylvania housing complexes repeatedly failed their HUD inspections. Those findings aren’t necessarily surprising, considering that the federal government has chronically underfunded public housing, leaving authorities little cash to keep up with needed …more

    • Officials to Examine Ways to Make Housing More Affordable in Chester County

      In Chester County, affordable housing is elusive for all but those with annual household incomes of six digits. There were 1,675 homes built in Chester County last year, the most in nearly a decade. The median price paid for a …more

    • Erie Land Bank Gets $414,000 to Combat Blight

      For the first time since its launch more than two years ago, the city of Erie’s land bank has the money it needs to combat blight. A first-of-its-kind cooperative agreement approved by Erie County government’s land bank in late October, …more

    • Study: Spending Now on Legal Aid Would Save City Down the Road

      An annual investment of $3.5 million would cover the cost of legal representation for the thousands of low-income tenants who find themselves facing eviction orders in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, according to a study released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Bar Association. …more

    • Pennsylvania Doubles, to $36M, Tax Credits for Investing in Distressed Neighborhoods

      Habitat for Humanity of Chester County built homes for 28 families in Coatesville. The community development group in the Oxford Circle neighborhood of Philadelphia started a program to tell its diverse population — nearly a third is foreign-born — about …more

    • How to Fund Land Banks

      Shelterforce recently published an article detailing how land banks across the country fund their activities. While many former industrial cities and rural communities have struggled with systemic vacancy and abandonment for decades, the 2008 housing crisis wrecked neighborhoods in virtually …more