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Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. House committee unanimously advances housing access bills

BY: - February 20, 2024

Tuesday’s voting meeting of the Pennsylvania House Housing and Community Development Committee advanced bills that would aim to help tenants, homeowners, and address a lack of affordable housing.

U.S. Rep. Summer lee, D-12th District, on the floor of the U.S. House (Screen Capture).

Pittsburgh receives $50 million HUD grant for Hill District revitalization

BY: - July 24, 2023

PITTSBURGH — The Bedford Dwellings Housing Complex in the city’s Hill District neighborhood has received a $50 million neighborhood revitalization grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. U.S. Rep. Summer Lee, D-12th District, made the announcement Friday along with U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and John Fetterman.  The funds from the  Choice Neighborhood […]

Pa.’s Casey, Fetterman announce $12.1M for affordable housing | Five for the Weekend

BY: - May 6, 2023

'Housing is not merely a roof over your head. It’s a vital piece of the foundation that builds strong families and thriving communities,' Casey said.

Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Council passes bill protecting residents in affordable housing

BY: - May 6, 2023

By Stephen Williams PHILADELPHIA — City Council has approved legislation that provides some relief and protection for thousands of Philadelphia families living in dwellings where owners have affordable housing contracts set to expire. Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, D-3rd District, who authored the legislation approved Thursday, said more than 12,000 families are living in properties with owners […]

Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans earmarks more than $23M for Philly community projects

BY: - April 24, 2023

'Philadelphia’s great need for affordable housing continues to be a top priority for me,' the Democratic lawmaker said.

COMMENTARY

It’s National Fair Housing Month. And no one’s paying attention | Opinion

BY: - April 21, 2023

Opportunities to achieve the American dream of homeownership remain anything but fair or equitable.

State Sen. Nikil Saval, D-Philadelphia, speaks during the Whole-Home Repairs Act Rally held on the Capitol steps on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. Senate Democrat proposes series of bills to increase housing accessibility

BY: - March 23, 2023

Sen. Nikil Saval, D-Philadelphia, has drafted three bills aimed at helping people access housing and find affordable options across Pennsylvania.

In November, Colorado voters passed Prop 123, which will allow 0.1% of the state income tax rate to be used to increase the affordable housing stock among other provisions to help the unhoused. This man, who was living in an encampment in Boulder last year, said he had been on a housing wait list for a long time. (Derek Miles for Colorado Newsline)

Voters embraced affordable housing initiatives. Advocates say Congress should do the same.

BY: - January 1, 2023

'It's a structural problem with the housing market, where housing prices keep going up, costs of construction have increased, and incomes haven't necessarily kept up with that part of the market,' an expert said.

In Philly, other cities the ‘starter’ home is disappearing | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 20, 2022

In too many American cities, renters can't make the leap to homeownership, recent data shows.

In Passaic, a two-bedroom apartment costs on average about $1,700 a month — amounting to 103 hours of work a week at minimum wage to avoid being cost-burdened. (Photo by New Jersey Monitor)

Low-income renters and tenants of color in N.J. bear brunt of housing crisis, study finds

BY: - October 12, 2022

The Garden State needs a 'visionary housing policy' to protect families from displacement, according to an advocacy group.

What legislation did Gov. Tom Wolf approve or veto during budget season?

BY: - July 13, 2022

In a flurry of budget season legislation, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed Republican-backed bills dealing with poll watchers, transgender athletes, and energy policy and approved laws on election funding, affordable housing and a loophole that can let people who commit serious crimes get away with a ticket.

Andrea Custis, President & CEO of the Urban League of Philadelphia. — TribunePhoto/Abdul R. Sulayman

Urban League of Philadelphia gets $350K for housing program

BY: - June 25, 2022

Whether you want to be a first time homebuyer or are facing eviction because of a job loss due to the pandemic, the Urban League of Philadelphia’s housing counseling program can help.