PA Votes

Share List                   Our democracy is challenged by wide gaps in voter participation tied to income, age, racial disparity and  other factors. Nonprofit organizations are poised to play a significant role in narrowing these participation gaps. Through our PA Votes civic engagement initiative, the Housing Alliance of…

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Pennsylvania Blight Remediation Program

Share List   In 2019, the Blight Remediation Program was created under the Commonwealth Financing Authority. In May 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development issued the guidelines for the new reimbursable grant program. The application period is open and has an end date of July 31, 2020 to create blight plans, or…

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Gov. Signs Bill to Allocate $175 Million for Rental and Mortgage Assistance, $10 million in Homeless Assistance Grants

Share List   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MAY 29, 2020 Today Governor Wolf signed the legislation allocating the federal CARES Act funding, which included a $175M allocation for a COVID Relief Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program and an additional $10M for Homeless Assistance Grants. As you are writing about this essential legislation and relief programs it’s…

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Shopping malls as residential centers? OK if all levels of income are included

Share List Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Echoing a national trend, some of the struggling malls that once dominated suburban retailing in the Philadelphia region are being reborn as communities for living as well as shopping. The evolution from single to mixed-use development is an opportunity for more than a mere re-brand of a faded consumer destination…

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Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance Funding Update

Share List Message from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Application Deadline Extended The deadline has been extended for agencies to submit applications under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for consideration to receive Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance funding.  These funds are to initially reimburse direct services, provided on or after January 1, 2019…

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As area median income rises, what is the impact for residents seeking affordable housing?

Share List From: PublicSource How do rising incomes in Allegheny County impact affordable housing? It’s not exactly clear unless you know that benchmarks for affordable housing rents and eligibility are based not on local residents’ needs, but on the overall wealth of the region. Known as area median income [AMI], the benchmark is revised each…

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PHFA issues RFP for local groups to request funding for housing initiatives

Share List PHFA Press Release Application deadline is Nov. 15 HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding for this RFP is being provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation…

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PRESS RELEASE- June 18, 2019

Share List FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 18, 2019 CONTACT Levana Layendecker 267-388-0715, levana@housingalliancepa.org David Scholnick 717-723-8864, davescholnick@gmail.com AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS OUT OF REACH IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES The Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee has an opportunity to address the problem tomorrow as it considers SB31, the PHARE Act In order…

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