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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10Sep

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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06Mar

City’s Blight Task Force to Present Findings, Plan

Share List The five-plus months’ work of the city Blight Task Force will culminate Wednesday with the group presenting its “comprehensive blight strategy plan.” The session will be the fourth and final gathering of the task force, which consists of 18 members, including officials from city government, housing and human service agencies, economic development organizations and…

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Mar

Gun Violence Can Be Reduced By Clearing Vacant Lots, Study Finds

Share List A new Philadelphia study, financed by the National Institutes of Health, finds evidence for a gun-violence remedy few would argue with: clearing trash and debris from vacant lots. Researchers selected 541 blighted parcels to receive one of three treatments from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: a full-scale makeover with grading, planting, and fencing; a basic intervention…

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Mar

In Southcentral PA, Low-Income Residents are At Risk As Personal Care Homes Rapidly Close

Share List If Xavier Hunter’s personal care home shuts down, about 30 people might find themselves with no place to live. That nightmare, he says, might be just one day away. It could be because his hot water boiler finally kicks. Maybe a new resident brings in bedbugs requiring costly fumigation. Or perhaps simply not enough of his tenants…

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28Feb

FHFA Protects Funding to the National Housing Trust Fund, Nearly $269 Million Estimated for 2018

Share List The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on February 14 that it would protect funding for the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) in 2018. The recently passed tax law caused a devaluation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (the enterprises’) deferred assets, forcing the enterprises to take a draw from the Treasury and…

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