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Help us Provide an Affordable Home for Everyone in Pennsylvania

The affordability gap between the cost of a home and what people actually make is present in every community in the state, from the most rural to the most urban, and in every state around this country. High costs force many Pennsylvania workers to over-burden themselves, paying more than they can truly afford just to give their family a place to live.
In 2011, fair market rent of a two-bedroom apartment in Pennsylvania is $837. To afford this rate, one needs to earn $16.09 per hour – but the average renter in Pennsylvania only makes $12.49. The minimum wage is only $7.25 per hour, requiring someone to work more than two full-time, minimum wage jobs just to afford a place to live.

 

News

    • PA shared housing program begins in Wayne

      By DAVID HULSE, River Reporter Published: Wed, 11/08/2017 HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County has joined with Pike and Monroe counties to offer a program to assist both senior homeowners and lower-income singles seeking affordable housing. On November 2, Monroe-Pike-Wayne link coordinator …more

    • Gearing up for #Giving Tuesday

        This year, the Housing Alliance of PA is asking you to consider us on #GivingTuesday, a day which inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they …more

    • PHARE in 2017: What will it do?

      Posted: November 7, 2017 On November 4 we celebrate the anniversary of Act 58 which dedicated a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax (RTT) as a consistent revenue source for PHARE – the state housing trust fund. This #GivingTuesday (November 28), you …more

    • Webinar Recording: Fair Housing Trends

      Webinar presented on: Friday, November 3, 2017 The Housing Equality Center discusses recent HUD Fair Housing rules and guidance and how they affect housing providers, social service agencies, and local governments in PA. Topics include Zoning and Land Use, Criminal …more

    • Where Evictions Hurt the Most

      By: Sara Holder, Citylab Published: October 30, 2017 Measuring the scale of America’s eviction problem has been a challenge—the data just isn’t available. While the U.S. Census bureau promised to start more diligently measuring evictions in 2017, there is not …more

    • Senate hearing focuses on concern for lead exposure

      By: Bill O’Boyle – Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Published: October 30th, 2017 9:07 pm PITTSTON — Lynn Biga, executive director of the Luzerne County Head Start program, said in the 2016-17 school year, 11 children tested positive for lead in their …more

    • Exposing and addressing child asthma in HUD-assisted renter households

      By: Corianne Scally, Urban Wire Published: October 13, 2017 More and more, housing practitioners and health care providers are connecting the dots between people’s health and their home. Housing quality can determine a person’s exposure to allergens and health hazards. This is …more

    • HUD Section 811 PRA in PA

      The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (“811 Program”) provides project-based rental assistance for extremely low-income persons with disabilities. In February 2013, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) awarded 13 states, including Pennsylvania, funding under …more

    • Five things that might surprise you about the fastest-growing segment of the housing market

      By: Urban Institute, Urban Wire Published: October 3, 2017 One of the most pronounced shifts in the housing market since the financial crisis has been the evolution of the single-family rental (SFR) market. Today, single-family rentals (one-unit, attached and detached) …more

    • Report: Worst Case Housing Needs Have Gotten…Worse

      Report published August 2017 Report published by HUD HUD has released its (biannual) Worst Case Housing Needs Report for 2017.  The report shows an 8% increase nationally in the number of households with worst-case housing needs during the 2013-2015 (most …more

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