Housing News of the Week 1.22.20

Check out the recent news below to see what is happening this week in Housing News.

HUD Releases 2019 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released its latest report detailing levels of homelessness across the United States. Its 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report found that there was a 3% increase in the one-night estimates of people experiencing homelessness between 2018 and 2019 despite the fact that most states recorded reductions. (to read more, click the link above)

Pa.’s second lady, others urging residents to be like ‘the cool kids’ and be counted in the 2020 U.S. Census
Harrisburg Patriot News
Pennsylvania now receives $26.8 billion annually in federal funding for programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, nutritional services for senior citizens, block grants for affordable housing, highway and bridge construction and repairs, special education, and federal direct student loans. To emphasize why accuracy matters, he said if one classroom of 35 students in each of the 500 school districts is missed, that’s $36 million a year the state would lose out on and $360 million over the decade.  (to read more, click the link above)

Poverty grew in almost half of Pennsylvania counties despite strong national economy
Morning Call
Despite an economic recovery that lifted people out of poverty in most areas of the country, poverty increased in at least one county in every state between 2016 and 2018. The poverty rate grew in 30% of counties from 2016-18, according to a Stateline analysis of U.S. Census Bureau county estimates released last month. The poverty rate is the percentage of people in households earning less than the poverty threshold, $25,750 for a family of four.  (to read more, click the link above)

Study: Changing American families mean more multi-unit housing
Norristown Times Herald
Say goodbye to the single family home with the white picket fence as the quintessential symbol of the American Dream. Recent housing trends, nationally and locally, are adapting to the changing face of the American family, to accommodate more childless couples, singles and single-parent households. (to read more, click the link above)

Western Pennsylvania counties nearly eliminated veteran homelessness in 2019
An-Li Herring/WESA
The U.S. government declared this year that 20 counties in western Pennsylvania have effectively ended veteran homelessness. The area, which stretches from Greene County to Potter County but does not include Allegheny County, became one of about 80 regions or states to earn the distinction in September. (Allegheny County was recognized for ending veteran homeless in 2017.) The surrounding counties qualified because community organizations are quick to find permanent housing for homeless veterans, said Missy Russell, Regional Veterans Housing Coordinator for Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. (to read more, click the link above)

For the first time in more than a decade, Lancaster city has no blighted properties to sell
Lancaster Online
For the first time in well over a decade — and possibly ever — the city’s redevelopment authority has no blighted residential properties to sell.  In December, the authority unloaded the last two it had available: 316 Beaver St. and 423 E. Strawberry St. No one at the meeting could remember the inventory reaching zero before. The result is “fantastic,” authority Chairman Doug Byler said. (to read more, click the link above)

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