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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

    • HUD Secretary Ben Carson helps open a North Philly high school

      by Kristen A. Graham & Aubrey Whelan, Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: September 19, 2017 U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, in town to help open a new Philadelphia school, said Tuesday that the partnership that made Vaux Big Picture …more

    • How Housing Dynamics Shape Neighborhood Perspectives

      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 …more

    • Pa. restores LIHEAP funding and extends availability

      By Claudia Vargas, Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: August 30, 2017 — 9:56 AM EDT Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services will restore planned cuts to home-heating assistance for the poor this winter, a relief for thousands of people across the state who rely …more

    • Grant intended to spur Allegheny Co. landlords to accept ‘high-risk’ tenants

      By: Theresa Clift , Pittsburgh Tribune Review Published: Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, 7:54 p.m. Allegheny County received a state grant to reimburse landlords for damage to properties rented by “high-risk tenants.” The $50,000 grant, administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, …more

    • Beyond Rooftops: States Move to Encourage Community Solar

      By: The Pew Charitable Trusts Published: August 21, 2017 The number of U.S. homeowners who have their own solar panels has been growing steadily since 2000. But as that market slows, the industry’s focus is shifting to the huge swath of …more

    • Guest Opinion: Senate bill would increase investment in affordable housing

      By: Phyllis Chamberlain, Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer Updated: August 10, 2017 — 8:22 AM EDT Did you know that every dollar of federal tax credits issued has been generating roughly 10 times the level of investment? When it comes …more

    • The Limits of 8

      By: Kate Giammarise, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Published August 2, 2017 When she had to leave her East Liberty apartment last year, Linda Robinson was stressed and upset. She was having difficulty finding a place to live. She had a Housing …more

    • ADVOCACY WORKS! – Senate HUD Bill Provides Better or Level Funding for Critical Housing Programs

        By: Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance of PA Published: August 3, 2017   Pennsylvania receives $1.2 Billion* annually in federal funding, which allows you to do the good work that you do every day to provide …more

    • New Look at U.S. Housing Data Added Into Segregation Debate

      By: Oscar Perry Abello, Next City Published: July 11, 2017 Last week, a New York Times story vividly documented the prejudice against low-income households that keeps U.S. housing markets largely segregated. The article opened with a scene from a Houston elementary school …more

    • Webinar Recording: The Dangers of Rent to Own

      Recorded: July 14, 2017 Rent-to-own, lease purchase, lease with option, installment sales agreement. These pay-as-you-go transactions to buy houses have many names. This webinar will discuss the current national trends in rent to own, teach you how to identify these …more

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