Philly housing costs rising faster for poor and middle class than for the wealthy

Share List From: The Philadelphia Tribune Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, said residents may be pushed into substandard housing — in Philadelphia or elsewhere — with potentially lifelong impacts. “There’s evidence that children who experience homelessness and who have to move often have higher baseline symptoms of depression and anxiety….

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09Apr

Pennsylvania Plans Vote on Cutting Assistance for Its Poorest Residents

Share List From Talk Poverty Toothpaste, medication, and bus fare. What do these have in common? For thousands of the poorest Pennsylvanians, there soon might be no way to afford them, or other basic necessities. Next week, the Pennsylvania state legislature is scheduled to vote on whether to continue funding a program that helps around…

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24Oct

Report: Child Poverty Falls to Record Low, Comprehensive Measure Shows Stronger Government Policies Account for Long-Term Improvement

Share List By: By Isaac Shapiro and Danilo Trisi Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Published: October 5, 2017 First paragraph of report: The child poverty rate fell to a record low of 15.6 percent in 2016, a little more than half its 1967 level of 28.4 percent. This finding emerges from a new poverty…

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12Sep

How Housing Dynamics Shape Neighborhood Perspectives

Share List By: Matthew Desmond Published: September 12, 2017 If neighborhood perceptions can drive selection into and out of certain areas, influence the concentration of social problems, exacerbate negative health outcomes, and steer urban policy, then identifying factors that influence those perceptions is crucial to understanding city life and developing effective urban policy. What shapes…

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13Jun

Webinar Recording: PA ABLE

Recorded on June 9, 2017

Pennsylvania just launched its new Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) program in April.  The ABLE program makes it possible for people with disabilities to establish a savings account and not lose critical government benefits.  An important qualifying expense under this program is housing – including rent and mortgage payments, utilities and home modifications.  In this webinar, you will learn about PA’s ABLE program and how this program can be used to create new opportunities for affordable, accessible housing in the community.

Presenters:

Ryan Buxton, Program Representative, Bureau of Savings Programs, Pennsylvania Treasury
Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation

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05Jun

Webinar Recording: NAP Program- It Works- Learn How It Can Work for Your Organization

Recorded: June 2, 2017

The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) provides state tax-credits to businesses that make contributions to nonprofit organizations carrying out eligible projects.

NAP leverages additional resources into the community beyond traditional government funding and can be used to provide much needed services and develop  housing and community facilities.

Learn:

  • How to use NAP in your community and what updates have been made to the program.
  • About successful NAP- funded projects run by different organizations in the state.
  • About the campaign to raise the NAP tax credit allocation from $18 Million to $36 Million.

Presenters:

  • Laura Schwartz, Esq., Director of Economic Development, Regional Housing Legal Services
  • Chris Sandvig, Director of Policy, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

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PCRG NAP presentation Housing Alliance Webinar 6-2-17

 

 

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20Apr

2008-2017 State Budget Chart updated April 6, 2017

Share List Revised 4/6/17 Figures are rounded. 1 Tax Credit; part of the Tax code not the Budget. 2 Also included in HSDF Block Grant. 3 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 funded from the Homeowner Assistance Settlement Fund, not General Fund. 4 Funded from Act 13 Impact Fees. Minimum of $5 M but by formula the amount…

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19Apr

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…

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