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

Event explores need for a housing trust fund in Pittsburgh

The Building Inclusive Communities Work Group, a collective of community stakeholders who work to ensure Pittsburgh’s resurgence is inclusive of all, is having an event Tuesday, May 24th with national housing trust fund expert Michael Anderson and Councilman Daniel Lavelle about the need for a Pittsburgh Housing Trust Fund.
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Deadline to submit comments on PA's Plan on Aging is May 24th

Pennsylvania has more senior citizens than almost any other state. Many are finding it difficult to remain in their homes without assistance for home modifications or home repairs, or to find affordable, accessible apartments.
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Senators introduce bill to expand LIHTC

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the “Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2016.”
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Webinar Recording: Housing Resource for the Homeless and those with Special Needs

Learn about the FHLBank of Pittsburgh's Affordable Housing Program (AHP) which provides grants and subsidized loans up to $650,000 per project for costs associated with the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of single or multi-family housing for individuals and families.

THUD appropriations move forward in Senate, House

The Senate is expected to pass the FY 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill today
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New analysis: With right implementation, IZ can produce affordable housing

An analysis of research and empirical data on the viability of inclusionary housing programs finds that such programs can succeed at producing quality affordable housing and do not lead to significant declines in overall housing production or increases in market-rate prices.

Why aren’t housing vouchers like food stamps?

When you are a low-wage worker and you lose a job, you apply for food stamps and get them. By contrast, housing subsidies, which are most often delivered in the form of a housing choice voucher, are in such short supply that local housing authorities rarely open their waiting lists.
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HUD publishes Housing Trust Fund state allocations of nearly $174 Million

HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced the allocation of 2016 Housing Trust Fund (HTF) resources to each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Insular Areas on May 4.
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Pa. drilling communities reap benefits of housing grants from impact fees

Since 2012, the Housing Finance Agency has awarded $33 million in grants to county and community programs to support housing development and assistance in 32 counties above the Marcellus.
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