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USDA announces new loan modification program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now offering note modifications—a low-cost alternative for housing owners to reduce annual debt service and thereby increase the overall financial performance of the property.
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Meeting the challenges of aging in public housing

Public-housing authorities across the country are wrestling with meeting the needs of frail seniors in need of supportive housing, where the services that elderly people need to age in place safely, independently and comfortably are readily available.
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Peduto administration pitches use of Section 8 funds to subsidize home ownership

As a Rust Belt city on the upswing, Pittsburgh faces an unusual paradox. While long-struggling communities like East Liberty revitalize, residents worry about finding affordable housing … even though they may live just down the street from long-vacant homes.
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Montgomery County successful in bid to end veteran homelessness

Montgomery County officials have effectively declared veteran homelessness within the county a thing of the past.
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First-time buyers waiting longer to become homeowners

First-time buyers are becoming an increasingly smaller share of overall homeowners, the impact of which could ripple throughout the housing market.
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Articles on the state of PA's budget bill

Despite six months of deliberations, Pennsylvania's budget deliberations continue, leaving it uncertain whether legislators will act to close the state's budget gap or address its long-term pension liabilities.
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Ideas Worth Stealing: How to recruit more landlords to work with Section 8 tenants

Housing authorities, non-profits, and advocacy groups have started various initiatives to increase the number of landlords who rent to tenants with Housing Choice vouchers.
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Cities look at subsidized housing to stem teacher shortages

Inspired by the success in the heart of the Silicon Valley of a 70-unit teachers-only apartment complex, school districts in high cost-of-living areas and rural communities that have long struggled to staff classrooms are considering buying or building rent-subsidized apartments as a way to attract and retain teachers amid concerns of a looming shortage.
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