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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Service providers brace for lengthy Pennsylvania budget battle

As the Pennsylvania budget impasse wears on, human service providers are preparing to feel the pinch.
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DCED Goals and Priorities Under the Wolf Administration

Listen to the webinar by Joe Meade, Deputy Secretary of Community Affairs and Development at DCED on the new goals and priorities under the Wolf Administration

Relief for PA Non Profits: Governor Wolf Delays CPSL Changes

On July 1, Governor Wolf signed into law Act 15, which immediately amends Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (the “CPSL”), effective as of July 1, 2015.
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LTE: Expand Housing Fund's Reach

The Pennsylvania Housing Trust Fund needs to be expanded so that all counties in Pennsylvania can benefit.
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Bill taking needed line vs. domestic violence

The PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence commends the PA House for unanimously passing House Bill 1796, sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens, which eliminates so-called local nuisance ordinances that threaten to evict victims of domestic violence from their homes if they call the police multiple times.
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Amendments Delay DPW Name Change

Last week, State Senators began an amendment process for HB 993 -- the bill to rename the Department of Public Welfare the Department of Human Services.
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On the House: Worsening conditions for apartment renters

A recent report found that affordability problems for renters have skyrocketed over the last decade, both in number and the share of renters facing them.
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The new fight to reclaim our land

Advocates for dis-invested communities have succeeded in making blighted and abandoned land worth fighting over.

Advocates seek stronger housing trust fund

The trust fund was created by a 2010 state law but has yet to demonstrate its potential due to a lack of a major revenue source.
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