Helpful Links

Please browse the helpful links below provided to assist you in locating useful information or contacts.  Also feel free to forward information or links to for future posting in this area. 

The Simple Dollar Guide to Buying a New Home

The Simple Dollar offers insightful analysis and effective money saving tips with the goal of helping others achieve as much value as possible for money spent in all aspects of their lives.  The Simple Dollar is sharing this free guide on buying a new home, designed to walk readers through every step of the home buying process, from the initial purchase decision through final closing.  Feel free to share this excellent resource with First Time Homebuyers, Family Self-Sufficiency participants, or supportive service recipients.  

Important Contact Information

Please click on the link to access important contact information:  

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) Contacts – Region III – Philadelphia Regional Office & Pittsburgh Field Office 

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Contacts 

National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Contacts 

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association (PHADA) Contacts 

Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (PA DCED) Contacts

ReThink Housing

ReThink Housing is an inititative created to increase awareness of and encourage people to learn more about the benefits of public housing.  Visit ReThink Housing to watch inspiring videos, gather enlightening facts and figures, and see statistical proof that public housing and related services support families, build communities, foster education and provide stability.  

FHLBank Pittsburgh Low-Rate Lending for Housing & Economic Development

FHLBank Pittsburgh Low-Rate Lending for Housing & Economic Development

HUD Re-Entry Initiative

Reentry Initiative Presentation

Click the link above to access the PowerPoint presentation presented by the HUD Philadelphia Office of Public Housing at the PAHRA Spring Conference & Expo, June 22, 2016. 


Presented by Jennifer Sun Park, Esq., Cohen & Grigsby, PC at the PAHRA Spring Conference & Expo, June 22, 2016.  To obtain a copy of the presentation, please contact Jennifer at or phone 412.297.4749.




MoneySavingPro ( is a comprehensive guide created by consumers for consumers to help with financial decisions both large and small.  

PA State Civil Service Commission-Policy Assistance & Audit Division

SCSC Forms

Process for filling Positions


CERT Manual

CPS Manual


Check out this Consumer Affairs research article, which is an excellent homebuyer resource with highlights that include: 

  • A calculator tool to show how much house you can afford
  • Mortgage approval vs. home affordability
  • What to do when your monthly income is not steady
  • What to do when you make a mistake (go over budget

View the full article here

2017 Annual Conference Presentations

Addressing Blight Proactively

What's New – Blight Fighting Tools

HUD EPIC Presentation  EPIC Office Hours are every Monday and Wednesday at 2:00 Eastern Time.  PHA's are invited to participate in these calls.  This is a great way to handle EPIC questions quickly.  Phone 877-336-1839, Access Code 7630474.  

HUD Healthy Homes Presentation

HUD New Rule on Elevated Blood Levels Presentation

HUD Bedbug Presentation

Financial Forum presented by Jack Blosky, CPA, President, Blosky & Associates.  Please contact directly at

Coordinating Entry for Housing & Homeless Services in PA presented by Jason Alexander, Principal, Capacity for Change.  Please contact directly at