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20Sep

HUD Secretary Ben Carson helps open a North Philly high school

Share List by Kristen A. Graham & Aubrey Whelan, Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: September 19, 2017 U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, in town to help open a new Philadelphia school, said Tuesday that the partnership that made Vaux Big Picture High School possible ought to be replicated across the country. The school represents…

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12Sep

How Housing Dynamics Shape Neighborhood Perspectives

Share List By: Matthew Desmond Published: September 12, 2017 If neighborhood perceptions can drive selection into and out of certain areas, influence the concentration of social problems, exacerbate negative health outcomes, and steer urban policy, then identifying factors that influence those perceptions is crucial to understanding city life and developing effective urban policy. What shapes…

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05Sep

Pa. restores LIHEAP funding and extends availability

Share List By Claudia Vargas, Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: August 30, 2017 — 9:56 AM EDT Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services will restore planned cuts to home-heating assistance for the poor this winter, a relief for thousands of people across the state who rely on the service. Earlier this summer, DHS proposed cutting the time and amount…

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Sep

Grant intended to spur Allegheny Co. landlords to accept ‘high-risk’ tenants

Share List By: Theresa Clift , Pittsburgh Tribune Review Published: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, 7:54 p.m. Allegheny County received a state grant to reimburse landlords for damage to properties rented by “high-risk tenants.” The $50,000 grant, administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, is intended to encourage landlords to rent to tenants with criminal backgrounds, poor…

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10Aug

Guest Opinion: Senate bill would increase investment in affordable housing

Share List By: Phyllis Chamberlain, Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: August 10, 2017 — 8:22 AM EDT Did you know that every dollar of federal tax credits issued has been generating roughly 10 times the level of investment? When it comes to a housing program in Pennsylvania, thankfully, it’s become a proven fact. Each…

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03Aug

ADVOCACY WORKS! – Senate HUD Bill Provides Better or Level Funding for Critical Housing Programs

Share List   By: Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance of PA Published: August 3, 2017   Pennsylvania receives $1.2 Billion* annually in federal funding, which allows you to do the good work that you do every day to provide new affordable housing opportunities to people in need.  The Housing Alliance has been…

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19Jul

New Look at U.S. Housing Data Added Into Segregation Debate

Share List By: Oscar Perry Abello, Next City Published: July 11, 2017 Last week, a New York Times story vividly documented the prejudice against low-income households that keeps U.S. housing markets largely segregated. The article opened with a scene from a Houston elementary school auditorium where members of an upscale community were crying out against a proposed…

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17Jul

Webinar Recording: The Dangers of Rent to Own

Share List Recorded: July 14, 2017 Rent-to-own, lease purchase, lease with option, installment sales agreement. These pay-as-you-go transactions to buy houses have many names. This webinar will discuss the current national trends in rent to own, teach you how to identify these transactions, discuss problems and complications that arise, and introduce non-attorneys to the basic…

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