Category: Housing

July 14, 2021

State OKs $10M in Tax Credits as Report Outlines How Far Out of Reach Housing Remains for Workers

The Pennsylvania General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf  approved $10 million for the Pa. Housing Tax Credit program aimed at closing the gap in affordable housing just before the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released its report documenting how far out of reach housing is for workers in Pennsylvania and across the Country. “We’re grateful...

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July 2, 2021

Legislature Approves Changes to Emergency Rental and Housing Assistance Programs as Eviction Moratorium Set to End

With the end of the national moratorium on evictions related to pandemic downturn set to end July 31, the General Assembly and governor approved measures to make it easier for counties to drive federal emergency assistance to affected renters and landlords, as well as a $350 million grant program for homeowners as the Department of...

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June 28, 2021

Evictions Moratorium Extended to July 31st

Last week the Biden Administration once again extended the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s moratorium on housing evictions from the end of June. The new expiration date is July 31st, 2021. The administration has made clear, however, that there will not be another extension on the moratorium. Instead, officials have been tasked with using this...

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June 1, 2021

Pennsylvania Leading the Nation in Student Homelessness Increase

A newly released report shows that homelessness among children and youth is increasing dramatically in Pennsylvania while rising unevenly in other states during the 2018-19 school year (SY). PEC reviewed the report from the National Center for Homeless Education called Federal Data Summary School Years 2017 – 2019, and summarized key data points for the...

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May 18, 2021

Housing Advocacy Still Needed, Even as CDC Eviction Moratorium Remains

UPDATE: “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on June 2 that it would continue to stay a lower court ruling seeking to overturn the CDC eviction moratorium. This latest ruling leaves the moratorium in-place, so that millions of households behind on their rent continue to receive eviction protections. Moreover, the...

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March 31, 2021

New Data Reveals Extent of Students Experiencing Homelessness

More and more of Pennsylvania’s school-age children were experiencing homelessness even before the pandemic, according to a newly released report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The study accumulates the locally reported totals of homeless children under five and those enrolled in pre-K through twelfth grade across eight regions of the commonwealth. The total for...

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March 29, 2021

LIHEAP Closes on April 30th

The 2020-2021 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is open. The season has been extended and is now set to close on April 30th. “The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being...

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February 26, 2021

RISE PA Stakeholder Webinars Announced

The Pa. Department of Human Services (DHS) is planning a series of webinars to introduce the Resource Information and Services Enterprise – or RISE PA – an upcoming statewide resource and referral tool that will enable advocates and individuals in need to more quickly identify appropriate service providers,  including social ministry organizations and congregational-based services.  Department...

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February 22, 2021

Administration Releases New Guidance for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

  The U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidelines and a new FAQ to help states and communities quickly distribute more than $25 billion in emergency rental assistance to renters in need.  The revised FAQ  directly addresses the significant flaws in the guidance issued by the previous administration. Pennsylvania’s rental assistance program, whose administration has been moved to...

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February 8, 2021

Act 1 Creates New Rental and Utility Assistance Program To Disburse Millions in Federal Aid

On Friday, Feb.  5, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law SB109, now known as Act 1,  directing more than $900 million in federal pandemic aid to struggling businesses, private schools, landlords and tenants unable to meet rent or utility bills because of economic downturn related to the failure to stop the spread of the disease. Thank you...

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