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

Resolution to authorize study on homelessness in Pennsylvania

Representatives Ted Harhai and Keith Gillespie plan to introduce a resolution that directs the Joint State Government Commission to establish a bipartisan legislative task force.
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Homeless forum at ESU discusses affordable housing, better services

Helping homeowners facing foreclosures to keep their homes, creating more available affordable housing, and centralizing services for the homeless were the topics of Monroe County Regional Housing Forum,

Clinton County to sign commitment letter on housing rehab plans

In this past year, the Clinton County government has committed slightly more than $1 million toward home repairs and rehabilitation for properties throughout the county.

Housing authorities becoming more efficient

From large cities to small towns, housing authorities are modernizing their organizations to produce better results.

'It's Time' to make PA DPW into Department of Human Services

The name change is vital to removing the stigma attached to the term "welfare" for the hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians who receive human services.
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$3 million in funding available for Veterans' housing, employment and other assistance

Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) is a “one-stop shop” where Veterans from all eras can find direct services, information, and referrals, no matter their VA benefits eligibility or discharge status.

Municipalities slowly move toward using land banks to eliminate blight

A relatively new state law could help municipalities eliminate blight, say officials who are working together to address the problem in many older communities.
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Vacant property conference holds lessons for Philadelphia

The “Reclaiming Vacant Properties” conference, organized by the Center for Community Progress, assembled hundreds of politicians, planners and code enforcement officials.
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