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

Foundation CEO to legislators, governor: Don't pay yourselves till budget's resolved

Maxwell King, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation, said on Friday that it’s time for legislative leaders to share nonprofits’ pain from Pennsylvania’s budget, overdue since July 1.
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Social services agencies expect to make cuts

More than a quarter of the social services agencies responding to a survey expect to cut services this month due to the state budget stalemate, United Way of Pennsylvania reported August 17.
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PA budget impasse survey for nonprofits in PA

As state budget discussions continue in Pennsylvania, nonprofits could potentially face lasting effects on their daily operations.
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State budget impasse hurts nonprofits in variety of ways

Eric Saunders, executive director of New Hope Ministries discusses how state food purchase program is currently in limbo because of the budget impasse.
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Service providers brace for lengthy Pennsylvania budget battle

As the Pennsylvania budget impasse wears on, human service providers are preparing to feel the pinch.
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DCED Goals and Priorities Under the Wolf Administration

Listen to the webinar by Joe Meade, Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs and Development at DCED on the new goals and priorities under the Wolf Administration

Relief for PA Non Profits: Governor Wolf Delays CPSL Changes

On July 1, Governor Wolf signed into law Act 15, which immediately amends Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (the “CPSL”), effective as of July 1, 2015.
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LTE: Expand Housing Fund's Reach

The Pennsylvania Housing Trust Fund needs to be expanded so that all counties in Pennsylvania can benefit.
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Bill taking needed line vs. domestic violence

The PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence commends the PA House for unanimously passing House Bill 1796, sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens, which eliminates so-called local nuisance ordinances that threaten to evict victims of domestic violence from their homes if they call the police multiple times.
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