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23Oct

Key State Legislation Passed in the Last Voting Days of the PA General Assembly

As the last voting days of the PA General Assembly Session occurred, key legislation supported by the Housing Alliance and our partners passed and awaits Governor Wolf’s signature.

HB 645 – Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program (NAP) Expansion (O’Neill, R-Bucks) – this bill doubles annual funding for the NAP Program from $18 million to $36 million.  Funding for the Neighborhood Assistance Program has remained at $18 million since its creation in 1971.

The Housing Alliance thanks Representative O’Neil and the additional cosponsors for passing this legislation during this session.

SB 919 – Relocation Assistance for Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims in Public Housing (Haywood, D-Philadelphia)- this bill amends the Housing Authorities Law to provide protections to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and allow a victim of domestic or sexual violence to seek relocation assistance from public housing authorities (PHAs). The intent of the bill sponsors is to codify at the state level assistance to which victims of domestic and sexual violence are entitled under the federal Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA).  Public Housing Authorities must already meet the requirements of federal VAWA as well as regulatory agreements with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

The Housing Alliance thanks Senator Haywood and the additional cosponsors for passing this legislation during this session.

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