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.

Resources for State Housing Budget, Policies and Programs

Homeless advocates seek restoration of funding

With the loss of General Assistance, restoring funding to homeless assistance programs is even more important.
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Commonwealth Court hears arguments in loss of General Assistance lawsuit

Act 80 has been challenged by lawyers representing three individuals from the Philadelphia area who lost general assistance and seven statewide organizations.
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PA by the Numbers

PA State Data Center releases County Data Books and offers 2013 Census Data Workshops
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PHFA announces the 2013 RFPs for PHARE

The funding for this program is made available through the Marcellus Shale impact fee legislation, Act 13 of 2012
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PHFA issues RFP for funding to improve housing in areas impacted by natural gas drilling

The funding is being made available through the 2013 Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund and the Marcellus Shale Impact Fees.
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Land Banking 101: Pennsylvania Land Bank Act

A presentation by Land Bank expert Frank Alexander from the 3/20/13 Land Bank Training at the Penn Stater.

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