Webinar Recording: New Market Tax Credits

Recorded: May 13, 2017

The New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program) aims to break the cycle of disinvestment in low-income communities by attracting the private investment to help support struggling local economies. The NMTC Program provides equity capital to projects by permitting investors to receive a tax credit through the sale of New Markets Tax Credits.  The equity capital raised is used to fill the financing gap for the construction and rehabilitation of commercial, industrial, and mixed-use projects.  It was designed to spur economic development, create jobs, and expand the provision of goods and services in low-income, distressed communities nationwide.

Learn the basics on the New Markets Tax Credit, including how it works and how it can be used to develop projects that include low income housing.

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Be provided with an overview of the New Markets Tax Credit.
  • Learn about the benefits of using the New Markets Tax Credit.
  • Be provided with examples of New Markets Tax Credit projects


  • Jennifer Trepinski, CSH
  • Jill Steen, CSH

CSH PA Housing Alliance Presentation-5-12-17-Final


May Legislative Briefing

Recorded on May 10, 2017


  • Congress unveiled an omnibus spending bill on May 1 to finalize fiscal year 2017 funding for HUD and other federal programs, which have been operating under temporary Continuing Resolutions since October 1.   The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities published an initial analysis of the bill’s main provisions and expected impact.
  • Find out what happens next in the FY 17 process, and get an update on FY 18 negotiations and the Low income Housing Tax Credit bills from Ethan Handelman, National Housing Conference.


  • Pennsylvania’s budget process is moving toward its June 30 deadline. Learn what’s in store from Bill Fontana, PA Downtown Center.
  • Home Matters Day, June 12, 2017
  • There is a campaign underway to expand the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). Find out from Chris Sandvig, Pittsburgh Community Revitalization Group, how you can help.

HB 645 as amended and passed by House on 05.09.17

House Committee Roll Call Votes – 2017 RCS# 350 – PA House of Representatives



Congress Reaches Deal on FY17 Spending

Share List By: National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) Published: May 1, 2017 Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress announced late in the evening Sunday, April 30 that they reached a deal on a final FY17 spending package to fund the federal government through September and avert a government shutdown. The spending package is expected…


Case Studies: Ending Homelessness for People Living in Encampments

Share List By: United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Published: May 4, 2017 Across the country, communities are striving to create solutions for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness—including people sleeping and living in encampments—within their efforts to implement effective and efficient coordinated entry systems. As with all efforts to end homelessness, those solutions focus on creating…


Webinar Recording: Diversion and Coordinated Entry

Recorded April 28, 2017

Diversion and Coordinated Entry are community-wide strategies for improving access, assessment and referral to housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. Learn how Diversion and Coordinated Entry are being used effectively in both single county and geographically diverse multi-county regions of Eastern Pennsylvania.

In this webinar you will:

  • Learn about Single County Coordinated Entry efforts
  • Hear examples of innovations in Coordinated Entry
  • Learn how to make Coordinated Entry effective when using it for multiple counties
  • Hear about the latest HUD rules


  • Jason D. Alexander, Principal and Co-Founder, Capacity for Change, LLC
  • Kathi Krablin, Associate Director of Development, Valley Youth House
  • Kayleigh Silver, Your Way Home Program Manager, Montgomery County Office of Housing and Community Development; Chair, Eastern PA CoC Coordinated Entry Committee

Diversion and Coordinated Entry for Homeless Services 04.28.17


April Legislative Briefing

Legislative Briefing recorded April 12, 2017


Get the latest on the federal budget for FY 17 and FY 18, and progress on the Low income Housing Tax Credit bills from Rebekah King, Policy Associate, National Housing Conference.


There’s movement on the state budget as well. Get an update from Cindy Daley.
Can we expand the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)? There is a campaign underway to do just that.



ASAP Strategy Brief: Messaging to Policymakers & other Stakeholders on Program Alignment

Share List By: ASAP Published: Spring 2017 A deep well of valuable resources exist on messaging for safety net programs, including SNAP, Medicaid and TANF, that resonate positively with the public. Among them are:  FrameWorks Institute: Building a New Narrative on Human Services  FrameWorks Institute Messaging Memo: Talking Human Services  Center for…


‘You need that first inviting structure’: Dauphin County begins process to redevelop blighted commercial properties

Share List By: Christen Alexandersen Published: April 12, 2017 Dozens of vacant commercial and industrial properties in Dauphin County may be given new life as part of a redevelopment program to transform blighted properties into prized community assets. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded Dauphin County a $400,000 grant to conduct dozens of environmental assessments…


Webinar Recording: Employment Opportunities in HUD-funding and LIHTC Communities

Presented in partnership with Regional Housing Legal Services and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, this webinar will cover PHFA’s recent addition of a preference for developments that commit to providing employment opportunities for residents as well as an overview of HUD’s Section 3 requirements and tips for locating and qualifying Section 3 business concerns.

Developers, consultants, contractors, and business development professionals will all find useful information in this presentation.


Holly Glauser, PHFA
Bob Damewood, Regional Housing Legal Services
Jack Stucker, Regional Housing Legal Services

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Online Tool Estimates Local Impacts of HUD Budget Cuts

Share List Affordable Housing Online released a new online tool that estimates the impact of the Trump administration’s proposed FY18 HUD budget on states and local jurisdictions. The tool shows the estimated loss of funding from key HUD programs: Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), the HOME program, the Public Housing Capital and Operating Funds, and…