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

Department of Human Services receives $91 Million federal grant to continue serving more Pennsylvanians in the community

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas announced that the department has received a $91 million “Money Follows the Person” (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration grant.
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Energy efficiency in Pennsylvania: Cutting energy costs, combating climate change, and creating jobs

An unusual coalition of businesses and efficiency-minded groups, including NRDC, has written to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf urging him to take steps to ramp up efficiency investments to cut pollution and continue to plan for implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to limit power plant emissions.
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Cumberland County's Ben Laudermilch taking Pa. human services post

Ben J. Laudermilch has worked hard on behalf of vulnerable populations in Cumberland County. Soon, he'll be doing that for the entire state.
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Recording: March Legislative Briefing

March's call focused on energy efficiency programs for affordable rental homes and for low income homeowners

Powerpoint: The State of Housing in Pittsburgh

At the event the State of Housing in Pittsburgh, the Building Inclusive Communities Work Group created a platform in which separate circles could come together, discuss, and develop a shared understanding of the state of housing.

How a housing program can save Medicaid money

Helping poor people move from high- to low-poverty neighborhoods can improve their health and cut the government's costs.
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Supportive Housing Needs Assessment for Pennsylvania

The purpose of this SUPPORTIVE HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR PENNSYLVANIA is to provide a reliable estimate of the need for housing for the poorest and most vulnerable Pennsylvanians.

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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