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

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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Bill to modernize eminent domain compensation heads to the Governor

HB 1411 (Taylor, R-Phila) increases the amount of compensation received by a person or entity displaced by the taking of property through eminent domain.
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Memorandum: Explanation of the State Housing Trust Fund

Explains how that new source fits into the overall structure, and detail allowable uses and distribution of all Housing Trust Fund money

Bill to Allow Rehab by Tax Claim Bureau Goes to the Governor

HB 909 (Ross, R-Chester) will allow tax claim bureaus to be reimbursed out of the proceeds of a sale for costs incurred to rehab properties.
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Senate state budget- by the numbers

Yesterday, December 7, the PA Senate voted on a $30.788 billion dollar budget. It passed by a vote of 43-7.
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There's plenty in the #PA Budget you will miss when it's gone: Cindy Daley

For the past six months, Pennsylvania's budget has dominated the discussion in Harrisburg and throughout the Commonwealth, but the numbers discussion does not get at the heart of the matter.
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As usual, budget’s bottom line: Taxes

Pennsylvania is now five months into a budget impasse with taxes the main sticking point
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