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

Housing Authority mulls change

The Butler County Housing Authority is exploring the possibility of becoming a private nonprofit operation.

Over 34,000 homeless in Pennsylvania’s emergency housing system

Last year, Congress decreased McKinney Vento funding last year. This year, HUD is predicting that McKinney Vento funded programs could be cut from 5% to 8% if the Senate budget version is not approved.
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County hailed for efforts In human services; spending plan adopted

Service providers praised Lancaster County for its approach to funding human services as the county adopted a $17 million spending plan.

Bethlehem may get a shot at NIZ-like tax zone

State budget legislation creates two City Revitalization and Improvement Zones.
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Reading’s mayor sees promise in state's new land bank law

Land banks may help Reading finally deal with its nearly 1,200 properties identified as vacant and blighted, Mayor Vaughn D. Spencer told a statewide audience

Court ruling backs Pa. on ending General Assistance

Advocates for poor and mentally disabled Pennsylvanians led a lawsuit to reinstate those funds yet the court rejected the argument that the law, ACT 80, eliminating General Assistance was passed improperly.
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Bucks County homeless outreach scores government land in Ivyland

The largest provider of homeless outreach programs in Bucks County will soon have a permanent home of its very own.

Future funding for human services headed for fight in Harrisburg

Two contradictory votes set up a showdown later this month over how Pennsylvania counties can pay for human services like mental health care and homeless assistance.
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