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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Homes Within Reach 2014: Presenter Resources

A selection of presenter submitted resources from Homes Within Reach 2014 presentations.

Senate Holds Hearing on Disaster Tax Relief

The housing Credit was called “one of the single most powerful producers of high quality affordable rental homes.”
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Permanent Affordability: Implementation and Advocacy

What if subsidy could be extended for 99 years? or recycled and reused? That’s the idea behind permanent affordability.

Norristown settle allegations of Fair Housing act violation regarding victims of domestic violence

Under a settlement with the ACLU, Norristown repealed the revised ordinance, removing any potential actions against survivors of domestic violence.
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Norristown revokes ordinance that punished victims of domestic abuse

Norristown agreed to revoke an ordinance that sought to evict a woman for calling the police in several domestic violence disputes.
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