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Dec

Families Will Benefit from Expanding the Evidence Base on Supportive Housing

Share List 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 and stress that emerge when no decent housing is affordable. Evidence indicates that…

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Dec

Congress Faces Deadline to Fund Federal Government for Remainder of FY19

Share List 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 on December 7. If no action is taken before then, a partial government…

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Nov

Fix for Public Housing Underfunding Raises New Concerns

Share List 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 repairs, said Dan Farrell, executive director of the Allentown Housing Authority. In addition,…

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20Nov

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

Share List 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. The $3.5 million investment would ultimately save the city $45.2 million in public…

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Nov

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

Share List 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 small-business workshops, professional networking events, and English classes. And the nonprofit People’s Emergency…

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Nov

How to Fund Land Banks

Share List 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 every corner of the nation. As local and state officials in urban, suburban,…

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