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19Feb

Our View: Land bank Takes Aim on Blight

Share List Go Erie Erie County’s economic pain, as in other former manufacturing hubs, registers itself most visibly in neighborhoods hollowed out by blight. Prosperity gave rise to proud, vibrant residential districts and industrial corridors, and when it retreated, left behind hulking structures to rot and depress not only spirits but communities’ tax bases and…

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Feb

Opinion: Could Turning Vacant Buildings into Housing for People in Need Solve Kensington’s Homelessness Problem?

Share List The Philadelphia Inquirer For the past year, Dana has been sleeping outside and in abandoned buildings in Kensington. The situation wasn’t ideal, but it worked for her until July, when she was assaulted by two men. That was when Dana, who requested her name be withheld for this story, started staying at a…

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Feb

Group to Launch Program to Help Homeless Youth in Western PA

Share List Triblive The problem of youth homelessness in Western Pennsylvania is getting renewed attention from an agency on the opposite end of the state. Valley Youth House, based in Bethlehem, recently received $407,348 in grant funding for youth homelessness programs, including $175,460 to start a Host Home Program in four Western Pennsylvania counties – Armstrong, Indiana,…

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Feb

Report: Economic Mobility Services for Affordable Housing Residents

Share List Urban Institute  This report identifies services that help low-income individuals and households achieve upward economic mobility and explores how affordable housing providers offer them. We begin by presenting key economic mobility concepts and definitions. We then discuss the research evidence on interventions across sectors and disciplines that help individuals and households to achieve…

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12Feb

Preventing Discrimination or Burdensome Regulation? City, Landlords Going to Court Over Section 8 Law

Share List The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  It took Janetta Harrison months of searching before she found a landlord in Pittsburgh’s North Side who would accept her Housing Choice Voucher, commonly called a Section 8 voucher. Many online apartment listings explicitly stated “No Section 8.” Other times, even if the ad said the landlord would accept vouchers,…

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Feb

Access to 2-1-1 Helpline Continues to Grow

Share List The Meadville Tribune If 9-1-1 is the number to call for emergencies and 4-1-1 is for directory assistance, what is 2-1-1 for? The 2-1-1 helpline was reserved by the Federal Communications Commission in July 2000 for assistance in finding social and human services information. The movement was spearheaded by the United Way, along…

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Feb

Small Area Fair Market Rents Modestly Improve Neighborhood Outcomes Among Black and Hispanic Voucher Holders, but Additional Policies are Needed

Share List National Low Income Housing Coalition  An article in Housing Policy Debate “Do Small Area Fair Market Rents Reduce Racial Disparities in the Voucher Program?” by Vincent Reina found that Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) are associated with important but marginal improvements in accessing less disadvantaged neighborhoods for black and Hispanic Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)…

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Feb

Congress Has Only a Few Days Left to Avoid Another Government Shutdown

Share List National Low Income Housing Coalition  Congress has only a few days to reach an agreement to fund the federal government for the remainder of FY19 and avoid another partial government shutdown before the current stop-gap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), expires on February 15. A CR carries forward funding levels…

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05Feb

What Modern-Day Housing Discrimination Looks Like: A Conversation with the National Fair Housing Alliance

Share List Zillow Research For many Americans, housing discrimination is a fact of life.  Redlining and other policies and practices have contributed to a widening in the black-white homeownership rate gap over the past century, despite legal protections that apply by race and 11 other legally protected designations. Zillow teamed up with the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) to survey 10,000 adults…

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