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.

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How a housing program can save Medicaid money

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Supportive Housing Needs Assessment for Pennsylvania

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Wolf says PA will move forward on Clean Power Plan

The Wolf administration says it will continue with plans to comply with new federal mandates to reduce the state’s carbon emissions despite a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court
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DHS settles lawsuit over delayed treatment of mentally ill defendants

Pennsylvania has agreed to make sweeping changes in the delivery of mental health services to mentally ill persons facing criminal charges.
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Pa. counties to state: Get a budget

A timely state budget and restored funding for human services top the priority list that leaders of Pennsylvania’s counties will take to the legislature in 2016.
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PHFA Received 140 Intent to Submit 2016 Application & related materials

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency received 140 Intent to Submit an Application forms on Friday, January 8, 2016.
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Articles on the state of PA's budget bill

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Pricing Carbon to clean air

A business group has released a report highlighting ways carbon pricing can be used to help meet the goals of the Clean Power Plan.
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