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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Midstate wages aren't keeping pace with need for affordable housing

Renters in Cumberland and Dauphin counties need to work more than one job to be able to afford the average rent prices.
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FHLBank Pittsburgh's 2015 Affordable Housing Program funding round opens June 8

The program provides grants for the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of single- or multi-family housing for individuals at or below 80 percent of area median income.

Housing Alliance’s Liz Hersh to Receive “Award of Excellence” for Advocacy Work

ACTION-Housing Inc. will be joined by more than 300 activists, legislators and supporters for the organization’s 58th Annual Meeting.
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Affordable Housing Complex Eyes Students

Blue Course Commons, formerly Pheasant Glen, was an affordable housing community, but its owners are converting and marketing the property as another student living option.

Boston's policy on affordable housing inspires Pittsburgh task force

Thanks to a 15-year-old city policy, teachers, police officers and other modest wage earners live next door to the wealthy at the Mandarin and other luxurious residential developments in Boston.
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Homes Within Reach 2014: Presenter Resources

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


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