Affordable Rental

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 for Affordable Rental

Job Opening: Executive Director, Virginia Housing Alliance, Richmond, VA

The Virginia Housing Alliance is seeking an Executive Director to lead this newly-merged statewide organization in accomplishing its mission to expand affordable housing opportunities and end homelessness through advocacy, education and collaboration.
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Home steady: Discovering new ways to house philadelphians

This summer, the Women's Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) is breaking ground on a new development that seeks to make affordable home ownership a reality for community members in Eastern North Philadelphia for generations to come -- and they're using a powerful tool.
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USDA Urged to Stop Advising Property Owners that They Can Increase Rents

The National Housing Law Project sent letters to USDA to urge them to stop advising property owners to raise rents.
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Gentrification: what's in a name?

Interest in gentrification is at an all-time high, but determining what differentiates ‘gentrification’ from reinvestment and revitalization isn’t always easy.
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Housing authorities effective in avoiding, addressing lead poisoning

In Allegheny County, residents of public housing are far less likely than private residents to suffer from lead poisoning, and have greater resources available to clear such hazards if found.
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PHFA Issues Draft 2016 Qualified Allocation Plan

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has issued a draft of their 2016 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).
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