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18Sep

Webinar: Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE): An Unnecessary and Dangerous Product

Webinar date: September 15, 2017

PACE loans are used to finance energy efficiency, renewable and other home improvement projects and result in a tax assessment lien repaid through the tax collection system.  These loans are typically very high cost both at origination and throughout life of the loan.  Legislation has been introduced in the General Assembly that would bring this risky product to Pennsylvania.

On this webinar, advocates from the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project, the National Consumer Law Center, and Community Legal Services discuss the dangers of residential PACE products and why Pennsylvania should not enable PACE financing for residential mass market consumers.

Presenters:

Patrick Cicero – Executive Director, Pennsylvania Utility Law Project
Charlie Harak – Senior Staff Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
Kerry Smith – Staff Attorney, Community Legal Services

 

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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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11Sep

The Pew Charitable Trusts Releases Report: 10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure

Share List By: Pew Charitable Trusts Published: August 31, 2017 The report is result of an extensive review on the implications of childhood lead exposure and the most cost-effective policies to reduce and ultimately eliminate lead exposure. Key findings included: Removing leaded drinking water service lines from the homes of children born in 2018 would…

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18Aug

Report: Recommendations on Infrastructure, Efficient Government, and Community Revitialization

Share List By: Pennsylvania State Planning Board Published: July 2017 In 2016 the Pennsylvania State Planning Board received a charge from Governor Tom Wolf to prepare a report with recommendations in three areas: • Infrastructure – Recommend incentives for regional planning and coordination of infrastructure investments. • Efficient government – Make policy suggestions to remedy…

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16Aug

New Report Available on Innovative Solutions to Bridge Quality Housing and Better Health

Share List By: Mercy Housing and The Low Income Investment Fund for the California Endowment and The Kresge Foundation Published: 2017 Innovative Models in Health and Housing This report aims to bridge a knowledge gap between the affordable housing and healthcare fields that limits their ability to implement health and housing projects and partnerships. These…

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09Aug

Now Available: Coordinated Entry Community Samples Toolkit

Share List By: HUD Exchange Published: August 9, 2017 Per HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program interim rule, each CoC is required to implement a coordinated entry system that covers the geographic area of their CoC. To assist in this effort, HUD has recently published a Coordinated Entry Community Samples Toolkit. The purpose of this toolkit…

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01Aug

Publication: State Strategies to Increase Energy and Water Efficiency in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties

Share List By: Dana Bartolomei, National Housing Trust Published: 2017 Energy Efficiency Strategies in LIHTC properties This report examines how HFAs are using the LIHTC Program to develop and preserve affordable rental housing that is energy and water efficient. Through a review of hundreds of HFA documents, including Qualified Allocation Plans, LIHTC applications, Design and…

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19Jul

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…

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11Jul

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…

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Jul

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…

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