Affordability

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.

Resources for Affordability

Getting homeless back on track with apartments

Pathways to Housing's national organization projects it costs $57 a night to provide independent housing, far more affordable than $73 to sleep in a shelter, $164 locked in prison, or $519 spent in the emergency room.
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New way to pay for affordable housing proposed

Sen. John Blake has purposed a new way of paying for the housing trust fund using real estate related legal fees.
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Guidelines released for Pennsylvania's Historic Preservation Tax Credit

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HPTC) provides tax credits to qualified taxpayers who will be completing the restoration of a qualified historic structure into an-income producing property.
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Senate Finance Committee Passes Extension of the 9 Percent Credit Floor and Fixes the 4 Percent Credit Floor

On April 3, the Senate Finance Committee approved the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act of 2014, which would extend dozens of expired and expiring tax provisions.
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Out of Reach: Income, housing cost disparity 'a huge problem' nationally and in the midstate

Nationally, the 2014 two-bedroom Housing Wage is $18.92 – well over the federal minimum wage, which sits at $7.25.
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Why and How Congress Should Restore Lost Housing Vouchers

More than 2 million low-income families use vouchers to rent modest units of their choice in the private market.
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HUD funds are coming to region, Housing authorities awarded money for capital projects

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded a total of $8,879,813 through its 2014 Public and Indian Housing Capital Fund Program to public housing agencies throughout the region.
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Got a Great Workshop Idea? Submit a Proposal for HWR 2014

We invite you to submit a proposal to present a workshop. Proposals are ONLY accepted ONLINE and are due Monday, March 31, 2014.
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