Housing News of the Week 11.13.19

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

City asking public for feedback on needs for HUD funding
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh residents will have five chances in the next two weeks to weigh in on what they want from community development as the city prepares to apply for 2020 funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The pertinent HUD programs are Community Development Block Grants, Home Investment Partnerships, Emergency Solutions Grants and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS. (to read more, click the link above)

Proposed legislation would provide free lawyers for Philly tenants at risk of evictions, similar to how defendants are guaranteed counsel in criminal court.
Philadelphia Citizen
She was facing an eviction hearing, the threat of losing her home, and felt like maybe she should just walk out because she didn’t have an attorney of her own. “I lost before I started,” she says. “That’s how it felt.” This was Sampson’s first trip to eviction court, which has traditionally run lopsided. Landlords come in bearing an attorney. Renters don’t. The consequence can be disastrous for individual citizens, families and a cash-strapped city that bleeds tens of millions each year covering the damages. (to read more, click the link above)

Citizens Bank Finances $103M in Construction Loans in Greater Philly, Pittsburgh and Boston
Globe Street
Citizens Bank reports that through its Community Development Group, it has provided a total of $36 million in construction financing for four separate affordable housing projects in Greater Philadelphia. The Providence, RI-based bank has also announced it provided $30.5 million in construction loans overall for three separate affordable housing projects in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region. The loans were also provided through Citizens’ Community Development Group.  (to read more, click the link above)

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