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

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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Housing Data Fact Sheets by County

Housing data fact sheets, organized alphabetically by county

PHFA 2015 QAP Updated Draft & 2015 Pre-Application Invitation

The Agency has revised the previously published draft of the 2015 LIHTC Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Qualified Application Plan.

Housing Alliance Encouraged by Progress on Housing Issues

Recent growth of legislative support is reason to be optimistic about the future.
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Patch up Pennsylvania's housing and house the homeless

We must invest in proven programs to reduce homelessness and blight, argue state senators SHIRLEY KITCHEN and ELDER VOGEL
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Attitudes Toward Poverty Show Dramatic Change

Americans’ attitudes toward poverty have shifted dramatically over the last two decades.
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PHA, building-trades unions agree to cut labor costs

Philadelphia'she building-trades unions have agreed to cut their wages and benefits by 20 percent when working on residential construction projects for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
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PHFA Announces 2014 Suburban Round Awards

$20.4 million in federal tax credits and $8.5 million in federal PennHOMES funding was awarded for the construction of 24 affordable, multi-family housing developments in suburban and rural areas of Pennsylvania.
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