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.

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Closer Look: Private sector helps with boom of affordable housing

There may be no new developments in public housing, but Cumberland County has seen a number of developers submit plans for affordable housing in the last few years.
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Pa. town law says landlords can’t rent to ex-drug offenders; one woman fights back

Darcy Smith, who was convicted on felony drug charges and served time in prison, was recently sent an eviction notice from her landlord because of a local ordinance. Smith is fighting the ordinance in Cambria County court.
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Knight Cities Challenge announces $5Million in funding for 37 innovative projects

The volume of applications were down but the numbers of winners are up in the second round of the Knight Cities Challenge, which on Tuesday awarded $5 million for 37 innovative projects in small-to-midsize communities
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Report: America's Rental Housing

Rental housing is home to a growing share of the nation’s increasingly diverse households.

Lead Based Paint Hazard Program and Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program offering grants

HUD is making more than $100 million in grants available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from the homes of lower income families.
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Lancaster Pollard's Housing Survey

Lancaster Pollard's survey of multi family and affordable housing developers finds an active environment where a variety of capital projects are being pursued, particularly affordable multifamily housing new construction and substantial renovation projects

Powerpoint: The State of Housing in Pittsburgh

At the event the State of Housing in Pittsburgh, the Building Inclusive Communities Work Group created a platform in which separate circles could come together, discuss, and develop a shared understanding of the state of housing.


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