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09/17/2018

FAYETTE WILL BE FIRST TO ADOPT LAND BANK LEGISLATION

Fayette County will continue paving the way for local redevelopment authorities to fight community blight.  Click here to read the full press release.

09/10/2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – MRDA

The City of Meadville Redevelopment Authority (MRDA) is seeking to hire an Executive Director.  

This position reports directly to the MRDA Board of Directors.  Position responsibilities include managing all aspects of the MRDA's operations; assuring compliance with applicable municipal, state, and federal regulations and reporting requirements; establishing quantifiable objectives and maintaining MRDA performance at or above approved fiscal and operating metrics; facilitating cooperative and productive relationships with applicable economic development, governmental, private sector, and funding agencies; managing and directing the activities of the MRDA staff; developing and achieving strategic objectives; managing the Authority's loan programs, managing the Authority's real estate holdings; submitting annual City of Meadville CDBG applications and administering CDBG programs; administering the Authority's slum and blight clearance program; sourcing applicable grant and other program funding opportunities. 

Requirements include a bachelor's degree in Business Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Public Administration, or equivalent public or private sector experience.  A minimum of five years' experience in a line management leadership position is required.  Superior leadership, time management, organizational, and written and oral communication skills are required.  Grant sourcing and administration experience is preferred.  Private sector leadership, entrepreneurial, and/or business ownership experience is also preferred. 

Submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references, as well as requests for additional information, to aoshurak@shaferlaw.com, ATTN: Chairman, Board of Directors.  The MRDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages diversity and invites women and members of underrepresented groups to apply.   

08/14/2018

Development of Fayette County Business Park Could Create More Than 1,000 Jobs

On August 13, 2018 Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to create a business park in Uniontown, Fayette County, that will host more than 45 businesses and is anticipated to create more than 1,000 jobs upon completion of the development. 

"The development of pad-ready sites will help bolster Fayette County to the top of the list when businesses are looking for a place to call home," said Governor Wolf.  "I'm proud to support a project that will help Fayette County prepare for the business development and job creation projects of the future." 

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Fayette was approved for a $500,000 grant to implement the authority's strategic plan of creating a business park centrally located in Uniontown that can host more than 45 commercial, retail, and professional spaces.  When completed, this project will be able to house more than 1,000 jobs for workers in the area, which would make a significant impact on the unemployment rate and ensure job growth in the North Fayette area. 

Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP), funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. 

08/13/2018

PHA Prepares Kids for the Start of School

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has once again provided a real boost to school age residents for the upcoming school year, thanks to the agency's 7th annual book bag giveaway.  

The annual back-to-school celebration on August 10th at the John F. Street Community Center in North Philadlephia included book bag distribution to children who attend summer camps at several PHA sites, and children from the surrounding community who receive services from the housing authority. 

PHA will provide a total of 2,500 book bags stuffed with school supplies to PHA residents at 23 sites across the city between now and August 24th. School begins in the city on August 27th. 

"Young people have a better chance of prospering with a good education, not to mention the ability to better their communities and families," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah.  "Education is a game changer in the lifetime of a person's existence.  Today's event is one of the ways that PHA demonstrates its commitment to educational advancement."

The event also introduced students and parents to the Police Advisory Committee that works with PHA Police to promote public safety and community support at housing developments.  The Youth Ambassadors performed a skit on nonviolence in support of the Committee's work.  

The book bag giveaway began seven years ago under the auspices of Philly SEEDS, Inc., a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.  The mission of Philly SEEDS, Inc. is to promote the social and economic advancement of PHA residents through philanthropic activities, community-based partnerships, and special initiatives.  

Philly SEEDS, Inc. is an award-winning program with services that are designed to help residents become fully self-sufficient.  

Media Contact:  Nichole Tillman, 215-888-2869, nichole.tillman@pha.phila.gov

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – BERKS COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

SEEKING DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Berks County Redevelopment Authority is a 57 year old public sector agency engaged in the development / redevelopment of projects that promote the economic growth, eliminate or prevent blight, and develop affordable housing in Berks County.  The Authority's activities include: 

1) administration of federal, state, and local grants; 

2) serving as a conduit for tax-exempt financing; and 

3) management of housing and commercial units. 

The Deputy Director will initially be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in leading the activities of the Authority with the potential of succeeding to the position of Executive Director in several years based on an evaluation of abilities and performance.  Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience in land development, project management, or administration of federal or state grant requirements.  

Email kheckman@countyofberks.com for full position description.  Resumes will be accepted until September 30, 2018.   

08/06/2018

$750,000 Awarded in Northumberland County to Battle Blight

The Housing Authority of Northumberland County has received a $750,000 grant to assist in their fight against blight  in their communities, Senator John Gordner, Representative Lynda Schlegel Culger, and Representative Kurt Masser announced August 3, 2018.  Click here to read the full story.  

07/23/2018

PHILLY SEEDS AWARDS $270,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

Philly SEEDS, Inc., a subsidiary of Philadelphia Housing Authority, has honored 71 PHA residents seeking higher education with a record $270,000 in scholarships.  Read the full article here.

07/10/2018

THE PHOENIX RISES AGAIN

The Phoenix Court Apartments, an affordable housing community developed through the Housing Authority of Northumberland County was honored with the PAHRA Bellamy Award in September 2017. 

This worthy project was recently selected by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council (MARC) NAHRO to be considered at the national level for a NAHRO Award of Merit.  

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development has also recognized the development and has posted it as a case study on their website.  Click here to view.  

07/06/2018

MARC ANNOUNCES SELECTIONS FOR 2018 AWARDS OF MERIT

CONGRATULATIONS PAHRA MEMBERS! 

Click here to read entire article.

Click here for complete list of MARC Region 2018 NAHRO Awards of Merit 

06/28/2018

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION RELEASES PROPOSAL FOR REORGANIZING & CONSOLIDATING FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS.

The Trump Administration has released a proposal for reorganizing and consolidating federal departments including those that oversee and administer federal housing and community development programs. For example, HUD CDBG grants would be moved to the Department of Commerce; and USDA Rural Housing Service guaranteed loan and rental assistance programs would be shifted to HUD. 

Click here to read the article as reported by National Low-Income Housing Coalition

Click here to view the full Reform Plan & Reorganization Recommendations.

06/04/2018

PAHRA Monitor Spring 2018 Edition Now Available Online

Click here to view or download your copy now. 

05/23/2018

HUD Awards $161.8 Million in Capital Funds for PA Housing Authorities

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development has allocated $161.8 million in Capital funds for Pennsylvania Housing Authorities to improve, modernize and preserve their public housing communities. Click here to read the full announcement, including a list of CFP grants received by local housing authorities in Pennsylvania.  

05/07/2018

PAHRA Invited to Join MARC NAHRO Day of Service

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council (MARC) will participate in the 2nd Annual Day of Service in association with the Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (MAHRA).  The Day of Service was established so that staff from public housing authorities across the State of Maryland could give back to the communities that they serve.  Participating agencies close their doors for the day or allow staff to participate in group projects.  PAHRA member agencies are invited to join in this effort. 

Click here to watch a video about the Day of Service.  Please submit your projects and/or photos to kelly@pahra.org for submision to MARC.  

04/17/2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Fiscal Assistant – HACW

The Housing Authority of the County of Warren, located in Northwestern PA, is looking for a Fiscal Assistant.  This position is responsible for the operational and management activities of the Accounting Department.  The successful candidate is expected to provide accounting and bookkeeping activities; clear and meaningful performance reports; a high level of customer service; and create and maintain a positive working environment. 

The Authority owns and/or manages 229 public housing units, 65 Housing Choice Vouchers, and 50-202/8 units.  The salary range is between $33,00 and $40,000 depending upon education and experience.  The Authority has excellent benefits.  Complete job description can be requested from tonya.hacw@westpa.net

Deadline:  May 4, 2017.  Submit a resume and cover letter to:  Tonya Mitchell-Weston at the email address above.  The Housing Authority of the County of Warren is an EEO/EHO/AA.  

Reference:  JOB 00710   Location:  Warren County, PA, United States 

04/09/2018

Congratulations HUD-VASH Funding Recipients

HUD has awarded $2.3 million through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program to public housing authorities in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  Nearly $500,000 of those funds will help 85 homeless veterans through the efforts of 13 PHAs in Pennsylvania.  

The HUD-VASH Program combines rental assistance with case management and clinical services through a partnering VA medical facility.  Congratulations to the following HUD-VASH recipients: 

  • Adams County Housing Authority partnering with Lebanon VA – 5 vouchers ($21,741)
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority partnering with Pittsburgh Health Care System – 3 vouchers ($15,948)
  • Allentown Housing Authority partnering with Wilkes Barre VA – 6 vouchers ($32,900)
  • Bucks County Housing Authority partnering with Philadelphia VA – 5 vouchers ($40,340)
  • Clarion County Housing Authority partnering with Butler VA – 5 vouchers ($18,379)
  • Franklin Housing Authority partnering with Martinsburg VA – 5 vouchers ($17,418)
  • Harrisburg Housing Authority partnering with Lebanon VA – 6 vouchers ($33,961)
  • Housing Authority of Indiana County partnering with Altoona VA – 4 vouchers ($15,216)
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority partnering with Philadelphia VA – 25 vouchers ($193,200)
  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh partnering with Pittsburgh Health Care System – 3 vouchers ($16,467)
  • Washington County Housing Authority partnering with Pittsburgh Health Care System – 6 vouchers ($26,914) 
  • Wilkes Barre Housing Authority partnering with Wilkes Bare VA – 6 vouchers ($35,791) 
  • York Housing Authority partnering with Labanon VA – 6 vouchers ($28,898) 

To read the full HUD Press Release, please click here

03/22/2018

National Low Income Housing Coalition Update – Final FY 2018 Spending Bill Released

Increased funding for Affordable Housing and Community Development programs – Click here for full report

03/19/2018

412 Food Rescue Expands into 724 Area Code Through Partnership with Westmoreland County Housing Authority

Service area now includes Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.  412 Food Rescue was recognized as a PAHRA Best Practices Award winner in September, 2017.  For the full story as published March 17, 2018 in the Tribune Review, please click here

02/07/2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – FHLBank-Pittsburgh

Federal Home Loan Bank-Pittsburgh has the following positions available.  Click on the links below to view job descriptions, required experience and education: 

Affordable Housing Analyst

Economic Development Analyst

Community Development Specialist 

Interested candidates may apply online at www.fhlb-pgh.com.  Go to the "Resources" tab and click on the yellow "Apply Now" button.  

EOE.  

01/24/2018

PAHRA Monitor Winter 2017-18 Edition Now Available Online

Click here to view or download your copy now.

01/05/2018

PAHRA Hurricane Disaster Relief Task Force Provides More Important Information for Puerto Rican Evacuees

Click the links below to access these resources: 

FEMA has provided a PowerPoint presentation from January 3, 2018 which offers advice on "How to Help Survivors From Puerto Rico with FEMA Assistance Programs and the Appeal Process".  

The PA Department of State, PA Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, and Gateway Health are sponsoring a "Traveling Resource and Information Fair for Puerto Rican Evacuees" at various locations throughout the state from January 22 through January 31, 2018.