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11/14/2018

PHFA Recognizes State’s Housing Counselors for Helping Consumers

Congratulations to PAHRA member Kevin Campanaro, Housing Opportunities of Beaver County, Inc., recipient of Best Housing Counseling Specialist Award.  To view the full story, click here.  

11/02/2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HARRISBURG HOUSING AUTHORITY – DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Harrisburg Housing Authority has an immediate opening for a full-time Director of Programs, responsible for the operational success of the Housing Authority's core federally funded programs including Low-Income Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, Development and Revitalization. Click here for more details about the position.

Applications should be submitted no later than close of business Tuesday, November 13, 2018.  For more information, please contact Richard C. Mountsier, Director of Human Resources, 351 Chestnut Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17101, via email at richm@harrisburghousing.org or by phone 717-257-3953. 

Or you may visit the job posting link at Indeed at https://www.indeedjobs.com/harrisburg-housing-authority/jobs/51c5b5e4108822210388.  

10/29/2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – SEDA-COG – CHIEF OF HOUSING & WEATHERIZATION

SEDA-Council of Governments, a regional multi-county development agency, seeks to fill a leadership position, Chief of Housing & Weatherization.  Click here to view full job posting.

10/22/2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – FAYETTE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY – PROPERTY MANAGER

The Fayette County Housing Authority has an opening for a full-time Property Manager.  Salary range $33,249 – $56,698 annually.  Click here to access the complete Commonwealth of PA Job Bulletin for this vacancy, including minimum experience, education and training requirements.  

Apply on line at http://www.scsc.pa.gov by October 25, 2018.  Contact Trudy Dinardo at 724-434-2114 or tad@faycha.org with questions or for additional information.  

10/10/2018

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

The McKean County Redevelopment & Housing Authority (MCRHA) and A Partnership in Housing (APIH) is seeking to hire a highly qualified leader whose principal role is to oversee and implement the financing, development, and preservation of quality affordable housing while also assisting the Executive Director with the daily operations of the Authority. 

Requirements include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business Management, Finance, Real Estate Development, Public Administration, or Construction Management.  Education in other fields of study would be acceptable combined with appropriate work experience; a minimum of seven (7) to ten (10) years of relevant experienc with focus on affordable housing finance and development; experience in senior managerial capacity working for an established private, public, and/or non-profit organization.  Grant sourcing and administrative experience is also preferred.  

Please click here for a detailed job description.  Resumes will be accepted until Ocober 31, 2018.  Submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:  aawilliams@mckeancountypa.org.  ATTN:  Alcherrie A. Williams, Executive Director.  

MCRHA and its affiliates are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

10/04/2018

PHA Receives Mainstream Vouchers to Fight Homelessness

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10/01/2018

PAHRA PRESENTS ANNUAL BELLAMY & BEST PRACTICES AWARDS

Congratulations to our winners!  Click here to view the 2018 Award-Winning Agencies and read about their outstanding projects or programs.

PAHRA Legislative Committee Issues Call to Action at Annual Conference

The PAHRA Legislative Committee has listed their top five priorities and is asking for your help to "educate and advocate" as we promote our mission at both the state and federal levels.  

Click here to view the Legislative Flyer

Click here to view the "I Want to Help" Postcard

Contact PAHRA Executive Director Kelly Hicks kelly@pahra.org or Legislative Chairs Dan Farrell dfarrell@allentownhousing.org or Mark Rafail director@uniontownredevelopment.com for more information about how you can contribute.  

PAHRA Monitor Summer 2018 Edition Now Available Online

Click here to view or download your copy now.  

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.