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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

    • Lincoln Institute releases largest national study of inclusionary housing

      By: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Published: October 4, 2017 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will unveil the largest study to date of inclusionary housing – the policy where developers reserve a portion of …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

    • 2017 Fair Housing Trends Report

      By: National Fair Housing Alliance Every year, NFHA compiles data from both private, nonprofit fair housing organizations and government agencies across the country to provide an annual snapshot of the nation’s fair housing enforcement activities.  The reports also highlight key …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

    • 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: How to Improve Your Messaging Around Affordable Housing

      Recorded: July 5, 2017 This webinar highlights specific strategies, gleaned from collaborative research that Enterprise Community Partners is conducting with the FrameWorks Institute, to overcome these challenges. Dr. Manuel offers evidence-based tools for reframing the public discourse on homelessness and …more

    • Lawrenceville Corporation breaks ground on community land trust

      By: Emily McConville, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: Jul 3, 2017 The Lawrenceville Corporation has broken ground on seven homes as part of the Lawrenceville Community Land Trust, which aims to create and maintain affordable housing in a neighborhood where housing prices …more

    • As the Arctic Icebergs Melt, So Does Political Opposition to Housing

      By: Randy Shaw Published: June 20, 2017 The times they are a changin’, at least when it comes to San Francisco and Berkeley housing. On June 13, San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee signed HOME SF into law. The district supervisor-sponsored …more

    • Community Planning and Development Program Formula Allocations for FY 2017

      By: HUD Published: June 14, 2017 Earlier yesterday, HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) announced the amount of national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) each state will receive in 2017. The total amount of HTF nationally is $219,168,373. You …more

    • Trump’s budget hits his own voters hardest

      By: Andrew Restuccia  , Matthew Nussbaum and Sarah Ferris, Politico Published: May 22, 2017 Donald Trump, whose populist message and promises to help American workers propelled him to the White House, is set to issue a budget proposal on Tuesday that …more

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