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

PA SILC’s State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)

The Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (PA SILC), in partnership with the network of Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) is providing opportunities to hear directly from you about what your life experiences are as Pennsylvanians with disabilities.
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Pennsylvania budget crisis in the news

The Pennsylvania state budget impasse is creating a crisis for many service providers and other entities that rely on state money to function.
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PHFA releases final 2016 Qualified Allocation Plan

PHFA indicated that as a result of focus groups and discussions with developers, they have made the scoring criteria more transparent which can especially be seen in the Community and Economic Impact section of the QAP.
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State budget woes deepen for counties

County leaders across the state are scrambling to provide human services amid the nearly five-month loss of state aid as Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate continues.
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Recording of Legislative Briefing 10/16

Hear the latest state and national news around Housing policy.

PA Governor Wolf announces nearly $8.1 Million awarded to local organizations in 28 counties to improve housing

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has approved nearly $8.1 million for 44 housing projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing in 28 counties.
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Pa. budget impasse: Safety net unraveling for Franklin County non-profits

The safety net for the needy is starting to unravel after 100 days without a Pennsylvania budget.
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Budget impasse survey for human service providers

The Forbes Funds and the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership are continuing to survey the Pittsburgh region's human service providers to determine the impact of Pennsylvania's budget impasse.
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