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Help us Promote Homeownership in Pennsylvania

Homeowners are the proud backbone of Pennsylvania’s communities, but now more than ever homeowners need help to avoid foreclosure. Pennsylvania has been fortunate to have the Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) for homeowners facing foreclosure, but HEMAP needs more resources to help the increasing number of homeowners in trouble - and is facing elimination due to budget cuts.
Making the mortgage payment isn't the only financial challenge for homeowners. Over time, as homes deteriorate, lower-income owners often find that their homes need increasingly costly repairs, while their incomes barely suffice to pay the mortgage and taxes. The problem is particularly severe in Pennsylvania, where over 40% of our housing stock was built before 1950. Poorly maintained homes can lead to individual suffering, increased health and safety risks and even abandonment of the deteriorated home.

 

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

    • 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

    • Legislature passes bill to help homeowners replace lead water lines

      By: Liz Navratil, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: October 25, 2017 HARRISBURG — Amid efforts to end the four-month-long budget impasse, lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would allow the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to help homeowners replace their lead service …more

    • Affordable Housing and Energy Assistance Fact Sheets

      October 2, 2017 Fact sheets were created by a group of energy efficiency and affordable housing advocacy groups to make the case that federal resources in these areas to help working individuals and families, and need to be maintained at …more

    • Webinar Recording: PHARE Application 101

      Recorded on September 29, 2017 This webinar provides information to organizations and individuals interested in applying for Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) funding, administered by PHFA. PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $470 million investment …more

    • Young families spend more on housing, feds report

      By: Brian Bowling, Pittsburgh Tribune Review Published: Aug. 3, 2017 Single parents spent more of their budgets on housing than any other type of “consumer unit” in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Married couples with young children …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

    • Three strategies presented to blight task force

      By: Nancy Lowry Published: July 28, 2017 Representatives of a state agency are touting a three-pronged plan to eliminate blight in New Castle. Consultants Christopher Gulotta and Diana Kerr proposed barring certain people from buying property, finding more money for …more

    • Ounce of prevention: A healthy homes effort has track record of success

      By: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: July 25, 2017 Various groups in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County help disadvantaged residents with home repairs. Now, some of them have pledged to coordinate their efforts so the homes they touch are left as green and …more

    • EDITORIAL: West York tackles blight

      By: York Dispatch Published: July 20, 2017 Most folks in York County pride themselves in being ruggedly conservative. They don’t like it much when the government sticks its nose into their private business. That’s particularly true when it comes to their property. …more

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