Federal Housing Budget, Policies and Programs


Our communities rely on local and state programs that often include public money. Most programs use a range of revenue sources, but the federal government funds are critical. 

While we can – and should - debate the appropriate role of government in the housing market, the fact is that over the last 80+ years, since the Great Depression, federal policies have evolved to better match housing market supply and demand. This involvement is necessary because the unincentivized private market simply cannot produce and sustain an adequate supply of homes available for lower-income households.

Today federal housing and community development programs provide essential capital, subsidies and incentives so that providers and developers, both for-profit and not-for-profit, can afford to offer more affordable homes.

While they don’t often make the evening news, many of these private/public partnerships are proven to be effective. They amount to an industry. It is an important and under-recognized sector of the economy, which, like homebuilding, generates jobs, economic activity and demand for products manufactured throughout the Commonwealth, all of which stays local. In fact, the Econsult Corporation found that every $1 invested in multifamily rehabilitation generates $2.28 in new money.

Some of the federal housing programs that work to help our communities are:

  • Public Housing
  • CDBG formula grants                                   
  • HOME                                               
  • Housing counseling                                       
  • Section  202                                                   
  • Section 811
  • USDA Rural Housing programs


News for Federal Housing Budget, Policies and Programs

Recording of Clean Power Plan Webinar- 10/30/15

For the next two and a half weeks we have the opportunity to tell the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) how the state can reduce emissions by making Pennsylvania homes – rental and homeowner – more energy efficient.

Congress, White House make progress on budget deal

House and Senate leaders are working toward a two-year budget agreement that would boost defense and domestic spending by tens of billions of dollars, according to sources familiar with the talks.
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Call to CDBG Grantees: Survey on the Impact of CDBG Cuts

The national CDBG Coalition has reopened the “Impact of CDBG Cuts” survey to allow additional participants to complete it.
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Recording of Legislative Briefing 10/16

Hear the latest state and national news around Housing policy.

Webinar: Affordable Housing's Place in Healthcare

As the landscape of health care in America shifts to grapple with rising costs and improving health outcomes, housing conditions have become a new focus.

Submit ideas regarding the future of HUD by November 1

Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Chair of the Committee on Financial Services, has invited individuals and organizations to submit fresh ideas and recommendations to help modernize and restructure the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
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Congress passes Continuing Resolution, advocacy needed to raise spending caps and save HOME

With just hours to spare, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) on September 30 to keep the government open through December 11, avoiding a government shutdown.
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Coopersburg landlord discriminated against families with children, HUD says

A Lehigh County landlord has been charged with housing discrimination after he allegedly refused to rent a Coopersburg apartment to families with children.
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