State Housing Budget, Policies and Programs

State investment in the housing market has a double bottom line: it provides homes and economic growth. Many good state-funded housing programs help provide stable homes and communities for our most vulnerable citizens.  They also help grow the economy by producing jobs and tax revenue and by creating demand for products manufactured right here in the Keystone State. 

Key programs include:

  • Pennsylvania Accessible Housing Program (PAH) modifies homes for low-income seniors and people with disabilities so that they can remain in their homes.
  • Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) prevents and reduces homelessness by assisting families to stay in or move into homes.
  • Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP) provides loans to help homeowners pay their mortgages until they get back on their feet, saving 45,000 homes since 1983.
  • Housing and Redevelopment Assistance (HRA) funds community revitalization and projects to develop affordable homes.
  • Legal Aid provides homeowners with representation in foreclosure.
  • Neighborhood Assistance (Tax Credit) Program (NAP) provides tax credits to corporations that contribute to approved community enhancement projects.

News for State Housing Budget, Policies and Programs

Advocates seek stronger housing trust fund

The trust fund was created by a 2010 state law but has yet to demonstrate its potential due to a lack of a major revenue source.
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A bi-partisan approach to addressing homelessness

The Alliance is proud to head to Harrisburg for the roll-out of House Resolution 550, a bi-partisan bill to direct the Joint State Government Commission, a legislative research agency, to conduct a comprehensive study of homelessness in Pennsylvania.
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Momentum building to “Fund the Fund”

Efforts to fund the PA state housing trust fund picked up steam at last week’s Homes Within Reach conference and are in the press.
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Affordable housing advocates seek $25M

Our own Liz Hersh, making headlines with Sen. Argall at Homes Within Reach
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Leading the charge against dangerous landlord tenant bills

SB 48 and HB 1714 would essentially legalize the eviction of a renter without the landlord having to going to court.
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Resolution to authorize study on homelessness in Pennsylvania

Representatives Ted Harhai and Keith Gillespie plan to introduce a resolution that directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish a bipartisan legislative task force.
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Homeless forum at ESU discusses affordable housing, better services

Helping homeowners facing foreclosures to keep their homes, creating more available affordable housing, and centralizing services for the homeless were the topics of Monroe County Regional Housing Forum,

Clinton County to sign commitment letter on housing rehab plans

In this past year, the Clinton County government has committed slightly more than $1 million toward home repairs and rehabilitation for properties throughout the county.


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