SNAPS In Focus: The New Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing Component

Share List Norm Suchar Director Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs Published July 13, 2017 In the Registration Notice for the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, we announced that communities could apply for a new type of project that combines the activities of a transitional housing project with those of a rapid…


Publication: Coordinated Entry Core Elements Guidebook

Share List By: HUD Published: 2017 HUD Coordinated-Entry-Core-Elements About This Guidebook: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care (CoCs) establish and operate a coordinated entry process. Most recently, HUD’s Notice Establishing Additional Requirements for a Continuum of Care Centralized or Coordinated Assessment System (CPD-17-01) established new requirements for…


Turning Information into Insight

Share List By: The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University Published: July 2017 The Institute’s Housing Task Force recently completed work on Measuring the Economic Impact of Blight in Lackawanna & Luzerne Counties The study estimates that blight causes Lackawanna County to lose $1.4 million annually in tax revenue while Luzerne…


Webinar Recording: How to Improve Your Messaging Around Affordable Housing

Recorded: July 5, 2017

This webinar highlights specific strategies, gleaned from collaborative research that Enterprise Community Partners is conducting with the FrameWorks Institute, to overcome these challenges. Dr. Manuel offers evidence-based tools for reframing the public discourse on homelessness and affordable housing.


Dr. Tiffany Manuel, Vice President – Knowledge, Impact, & Strategy, Enterprise Community Partners


June Land Bank Call

Recorded: June 22, 2017

Hear from Schuylkill and Lackawanna counties on the funding and start up of their land banks.

Presenters include:

Chris Gulotta, Principal, The Gulotta Group, LLC
Ian Mahal, Member of Mineresville Borough Council and Secretary-Treasurer of the Schuylkill Land Bank Board
George Kelly, Director, Lackawanna County Economic Development and Planning

Additional item: SB 667 expands the powers of land banks to redevelopment authorities.

David Hunter, Policy Director, Housing Alliance of PA, provides an overview of the legislation, feedback that land bank practitioners are providing to the bill sponsor, Sen. Stefano (R-Fayette), and next steps.

Lackawanna County Land Bank
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Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia launches Home Mortgage Explorer

Share List By: Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Published: Summer 2017 Data Source: The Home Mortgage Explorer provides lending estimates produced from publicly available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data. HMDA requires lending institutions above a certain asset size with a branch office located in a metropolitan area to submit loan-level information on the mortgage…


A Must Read Report – Protections Delayed: State Housing Finance Agency Compliance with the Violence Against Women Act

Share List By: Regional Housing Legal Services Published: June 8, 2017 Nearly 20 people per minute -more than 10 million per year- are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. Nearly 1 in 5 women have been the victim of rape or attempted rape. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), amended in 2013,…


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.


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


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.


  • 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.


  • 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




Webinar Recording: LIFE Program

Recorded on May 25, 2017

Housing is one of a number of social determinants of health. It also happens to be a cost effective, viable alternative to government-assisted nursing homes, state hospitals and other state centers if access to the right services and supports is available.

During this webinar, hear about the Living Independence for the Elderly (LIFE) Program that is Pennsylvania’s first managed long-term services and supports program serving frail seniors in the community. Representatives from the PA Department of Human Services and the PA LIFE Provider Alliance provide a broad overview of the LIFE program. Representatives from New Courtland Senior Services and the Beaver County Housing Authority discuss how people have been able to retain their housing and age in place with help from this program.


  • Ben Laudermilch, Executive Housing Director, PA Department of Human Services
  • Jonathan  Bowman, LIFE Program Director, PA Department of Human Services
  • Joan Bradbury, Government Relations Senior Associate, DeBrunner & Associates
  • Bob Theil, Government Affairs Manager, New Courtland Senior Services
  • Brian Yaworsky, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the County of Beaver

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