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09/16/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – MANAGEMENT AIDE SECTION 8 – ALTOONA HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Altooona Housing Authority is accepting applications for the position of Management Aide for the Section 8 department through October 7.

Please click here for additional details, including job posting, application instructions, position description, salary and qualifications.

Altoona Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

09/15/2020

PHFA Issues RFP for PHARE Funding to Support Local Housing Initiatives

Application deadline is Nov. 20, 2020

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has issued a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding for this RFP is being provided through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) Fund. The total PHARE funding available this year exceeds $41 million.

PHARE receives its funding from the impact fee levied on natural gas drilling companies and a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax. Funding is available for housing initiatives in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. PHFA is charged with administering the allocation of PHARE dollars.

“The PHARE program has been providing much needed funding for local housing initiatives for the past eight years,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “It is today more clear than ever that affordable housing is critical for people to be successful in life, and PHARE has proven to be a tremendous tool for helping counties improve their housing resources for local residents.”

PHARE applications can be completed entirely online, eliminating the need for paper submissions and simplifying the process for applicants. The RFP is located on PHFA’s website at https://www.phfa.org/legislation/act105.aspx​, and the application is accessible on the PHARE webpage at https://phare.phfa.org/. Applications are due to PHFA no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.

PHFA is planning two informational webinars for groups interested in applying for PHARE funds. Both webinars will cover the same information. Webinar dates and times are:

Sept. 23 – 10 a.m. to noon   and   Sept. 29 – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Interested groups are encouraged to watch the PHARE webpage, noted above, for links to be posted for webinar registration. Questions also may be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA via email at bmaretzki@phfa.org or by phone at 717.780.1867.

The PHARE fund has been allocating money for local housing initiatives since 2012. These funds have resulted in significant benefits that include:

  • More than 7,000 individuals and families have received rental or utility assistance
  • More than 2,000 homes have been rehabilitated and preserved for continued use
  • More than 2,500 new rental units have been created
  • 175 new single-family homes have been constructed
  • 400 future home sites have been prepared through site acquisition and demolition
  • More than 200 new residents have received assistance to purchase their first home
  • PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $700 million investment in housing across Pennsylvania

09/02/2020

Employment Opportunity – Associate Director of Compliance & Housing Management Operations

The Housing Authority of the City of Erie is accepting applications for the position of Associate Director of Compliance and Housing Management Operations.  Interested applicants may submit resume and cover letter to Housing Authority of the City of Erie, Attention Michael R. Fraley, Executive Director, 606 Holland Street, Erie, PA 16501 by Friday, October 16.

Please click here for additional details including job posting, application instructions, position description, and qualifications.

HACE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

08/15/2020

Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Affordable Rental Housing

Developments Will Add Another 1,785 Affordable Rental Units in PA

Governor Tom Wolf has announced awards totaling $42 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, $6.08 million in PennHOMES funding, and $12.6 million in National Housing Trust Funds for the construction of 36 affordable multifamily housing developments in Pennsylvania. The federal tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by its board.

“These investments in housing benefit everyone because communities need housing for people at all income levels if they are to stay vibrant and growing,” said Gov. Wolf. “Demand is high for these tax credits because they make possible the construction of affordable rental housing that otherwise wouldn’t be financially feasible.”

When completed, the developments receiving funding today will preserve and create an additional 1,785 rental units for Pennsylvania residents, including 70 for people at or below 30 percent of the area median income supported by the National Housing Trust Funds.

“Low Income Housing Tax Credits are essential because they draw on public-private partnerships to achieve the construction of affordable rental housing that might otherwise never be built,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “The allocation of this funding reflects our commitment to address the affordable housing crisis, and the public-private investments that are being made will provide a stimulus to Pennsylvania’s economy.”

The 36 multifamily housing proposals that are being awarded tax credits today can be viewed at https://www.phfa.org/forms/multifamily_news/news/2020/2020-lihtc-awrds.pdf

08/14/2020

Governor Wolf Announces 2020 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across PA

Funded Projects will Benefit Nearly 2,000 PA Households

 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. The governor named 214 housing and community development initiatives in 67 counties that will share a portion of the total $45.79 million in PHARE funding. The PHARE fund, which is sometimes referred to as the state Housing Trust Fund, is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

“The PHARE program is successful due to its flexibility and its ability to leverage local partnerships and leadership to effectively address broad housing needs” said Gov. Wolf. “It encourages local organizations and elected officials to come together and jointly decide the best way to enhance their community’s housing stock. PHARE is making a positive difference across the state.”

Funding for the PHARE program comes from three main sources. Since 2012, the program has received a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in the state with the goal of addressing the housing shortage caused by the impact of drilling. That is supplemented with two other funding sources that include a portion of the realty transfer tax and money from the National Housing Trust Fund.

Today’s PHARE funding is expected to impact nearly 2,000 Pennsylvania households through a variety of efforts funding:

  • Rental/utility assistance
  • Down payment/closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyers
  • Blight remediation initiatives
  • Rental housing preservation and rehabilitation, and
  • Other innovative projects and programs

“The current pandemic has demonstrated just how important affordable housing is and why we need more of it,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “Since its start in 2012, PHARE has proven to be an invaluable funding source to help communities address their most urgent housing needs.”

At least $32.4 million of the $45.79 million allocated today will be used to fund housing projects benefiting households with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income. That represents 71 percent of the awarded funding.

A list of the proposals receiving PHARE funding is available at https://www.phfa.org/forms/phare_program_phare_fund/funding_announcements/2020_PHARE_Reservation_of_Funds_final.pdf

 

07/30/2020

NIMBYism at the Highest Level – President Trump Rescinds AFFH Rule

NIMBYism:  Not In My Backyard; signifying opposition to the proposed development or location of something considered undesirable or inappropriate in the local neighborhood, in this case low-income or affordable housing. 

In case you missed it, President Trump has rescinded the AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing) Rule, which was put in place to promote fair housing and prevent discrimination.  This is NIMBYism at the highest level.  The President tweeted at 12:19 PM on July 29:  “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low-income housing built in your neighborhood…Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down.  I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!”

Following is a thoughtful response from NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman to which we say, AMEN!  “While I am not surprised by this message, I am upset that so many people who live in, manage and build housing for low-income families had to see it.  It insults them, their life, and their work.  Unnecessary and hurtful.

“For all of you housers out there…keep your chin up!  Your work is amazing and brings value to communities…all communities. 

“If you are a person of modest means, know that your value is not derived by how much you make, but by who you are.” 

07/20/2020

2020 PAHRA Board of Directors Elections Report

All required protocols have been completed with regards to 2020 elections for the PAHRA Board of Directors in accordance with PAHRA Bylaws.  We welcome our new electees, whose terms shall be effective September 30, 2020:

  • Penny Campbell, Executive Director, Clarion County Housing Authority and Acting Executive Director, Elk County Housing Authority; and
  • Barbara Wilson, Executive Director, Lancaster City Housing Authority

We are also pleased to retain the following incumbents for another three-year term:

  • Steven Fischer, Executive Director, Chester Housing Authority;
  • Daniel Kanuch, Executive Director, Johnstown Housing Authority; and
  • William Lisak, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Pittston

Click here to view the official Election Report.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT COORDINATOR – SEDA-Council of Governments

SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) has an exciting job opportunity in their Community Development Program.  Applications are being accepted through July 30, 2020 for the position of Community Development Project Coordinator.

SEDA-COG is a public development organization based in Lewisburg, serving 11 central PA counties.

Please click here for more details including position description, benefit package, and application instructions.

SEDA-COG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – CUMBERLAND COUNTY HOUSING & REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES

The Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (CCHRA) are seeking a full-time Executive Director. CCHRA seeks to hire an energetic visionary for the leadership and administration of housing and community development activities of both Authorities.  A detailed job description and hiring announcement including minimum qualifications and a description of the Redevelopment and Housing Authorities’ Programs can be found on the CCHRA website at https://cchra.com/careers

Salary for the Executive Director position is based on qualifications.  A comprehensive benefits package is included. The applicant should provide minimum salary expectations in their cover letter.  Inquiries may be directed to The Gulotta Group, LLC at (717) 580-0439 or email gulottagroup@gmail.com.  To apply please submit a letter of interest and resume to: jalton@cchra.com . Deadline for submittal is August 21, 2020.  CCHRA is an equal-opportunity employer.

07/09/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – PROPERTY MANAGER – HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF ARMSTRONG

The Housing Authority of the County of Armstrong is accepting applications for the position of Property Manager.  Click here to view the Vacancy Notice including position description and application instructions.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 17, 2020.

Equal Opportunity Employer

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – COMPTROLLER – ALTOONA HOUSING AUTHORITY

Altoona Housing Authority is accepting applications for the position of Comptroller.  Please click here for additional details and application instructions.  Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Equal E

07/07/2020

PAHRA Announces 2020 Scholarship Awards

PAHRA proudly announces the recipients of our 33rd Annual Scholarship Awards. $12,000 is awarded to applicants in two categories: high school seniors, and adults pursuing higher education.  We are honored to support these very deserving students in their search for success as they strive to achieve their academic goals and move forward to secure their futures.  Please click here to view the full article, including photo and brief bio of each scholarship winner.

07/02/2020

A Timely Message from PAHRA’s Past President Senghor A. Manns

Senghor Manns, President and CEO, Harrisburg Housing Authority, who served as PAHRA President from 2016 through 2018 shares this insightful message on racism, diversity, and inclusion that he prepared for his staff at Harrisburg Housing Authority prior to the reopening of that agency.  Please click here to read this powerful piece.  Thank you for sharing, Senghor.

A FOND FAREWELL…AND A HEARTY WELCOME! PAHRA Board of Directors Updates

PAHRA First Vice-President Kelley Cevette retires from her position as Executive Director of Tioga/Bradford County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities after 34 years of service.  Ms. Renee Daly, Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County, is appointed to fulfill Ms. Cevette’s unexpired term on the PAHRA Board of Directors.  Click here to read more about these and other Board re-organizational activities and appointments.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – MONTGOMERY COUNTY REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

The Montgomery County Redevelopment Authority (RDA) seeks a dynamic, skilled, and experienced leader to serve as its Executive Director (ED).  This person is responsible for overseeing all operations; reporting to a five-member Board, managing a staff of two, and working with the Solicitor and consultants in the fields of planning, environmental engineering, and finance.

The ED applies for an administers more than $50 million annually in financing and grant programs and interacts with area businesses and the County to assist with startup, expansion, and relocation opportunities.

Specific experience in redevelopment activities is not a requirement.  The ultimate candidate is bright, engaging, experienced in some forms of public and/or private sector financing, and possesses an innovative energy toward economic development.  Candidates should demonstrate an ability to network with different public and private sector stakeholders and companies to promote RDA programs.

Salary range up to $150,000 with excellent employer-paid benefits.  Actual salary commensurate with experience/qualifications.

Applications must include cover letter, resume, and salary history/expectation with all included in only one attachment to woglomd@lafayette.edu.  Deadline is noon on July 31, 2020. 

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

06/15/2020

Preparing for Protesters to Return to Work: Employer Do’s & Dont’s

Many thanks to our partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP for sharing some very timely guidance that addresses key issues for employers to consider in responding to concerns as to whether employees participating in the recent mass protests are placing coworkers at risk.  Click here to view the full article:  Preparing for Protestors to Return to Work: Employer Do’s & Dont’s

06/08/2020

PHFA Podcast Series for Consumers Creates Growing Educational Archive

Podcasts help listeners with homebuying and personal money management questions.

 HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency is expanding its library of informational podcasts intended to help consumers. One, called “Close to Home,” offers practical advice for people in the market to purchase a home. The second, “Master Your Money,” provides insights people can use to better manage their personal finances.

“Amid all the changes to our daily lives due to the COVID-19 virus, PHFA is continuing to bring trustworthy and helpful information to consumers through our podcast series,” said Robin Wiessmann, PHFA executive director and CEO. “The homebuying and personal money management information offered in these podcasts is aimed at helping consumers navigate through complex topics in an easy-to-understand way while also being entertaining.”

The Close to Home series currently includes nine podcasts on such topics as understanding closing costs, homebuyer counseling options, and homebuying readiness. The show’s homebuying expert is Coleen Baumert, PHFA’s director of homeownership. Baumert has worked in the housing field for more than 15 years.

The Master Your Money series has posted 11 podcasts so far. They introduce listeners to the subject of personal money management and cover topics like maximizing your earnings and making your money work for you. The expert speaker for that program is Holly Zugay, PHFA’s financial education officer. Zugay has nearly 20 years of experience in the financial education field, including her current work providing financial education for former inmates and for incarcerated veterans preparing to return to their communities. In 2018, Zugay was selected by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education as its Financial Educator of the Year.

Both podcasts are hosted by PHFA employee Renae Hyson, who works in the agency’s communications division and has a background as a radio DJ. Hyson is a strong advocate for the use of podcasting to educate consumers about housing issues that affect their lives.

“I can relate to the challenges faced by new homebuyers because it wasn’t too long ago I purchased my first home,” said Hyson. “I believe in these podcasts because they educate consumers on critical, life-changing topics but they aren’t stuffy or boring. These podcasts are good because they’re filled with helpful information presented in a fun way, which keeps our listeners engaged in the content.”

New podcast episodes are posted for each program every few weeks. The podcasts generally run less than ten minutes – a length that is convenient for people to fit into their daily schedules. Listeners interested in these podcasts can access them on the agency’s website at www.PHFA.org. Once on the homepage, look for the podcast link at the top-left corner of the screen, under the PHFA logo. Both PHFA podcasts can also be accessed on iTunes, Spotify and other podcast apps by typing “PHFA” in the search engine.

05/13/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER – CITY OF UNIONTOWN

The City of Uniontown is seeking a full time Code Enforcement Officer. Under the supervision of the City of Uniontown Police Department, the officer performs a variety of policy, technical, and enforcement duties in support of the City’s Code Enforcement ordinances and programs. The officer interprets, implements, monitors and enforces a variety of applicable codes, ordinances and regulations. The officer is responsible for investigating violations and initiates procedures to abate the violation and obtain compliance. Responsible for the issuing of notices of violations, citations and other correspondence specifying necessary corrective action, compliance and compliance dates. This is a non-collective bargaining unit position.

Applicant must have equivalent to completion of twelfth grade supplemented by specialized training and/or college level coursework in criminal justice, public administration, business administration or another related field.

Must have one year of work experience involving a high level of public contact including some experience dealing with the public in an enforcement, inspection, investigation or customer service capacity. Experience that includes the enforcement of municipal codes, construction and real estate is highly desirable.  Please click here for a detailed job description.  

Competitive salary and benefit package. Interested candidates may contact Uniontown City Hall for an application at 724-430-2900 or visit the City of Uniontown website at www.uniontowncity.com for a complete job description.

All applications and/or resumes may be mailed to City of Uniontown, 20 N. Gallatin Avenue, Room 114, Uniontown, PA 15401 or emailed to kmarshall@uniontowncity.com and must be received no later than Wednesday, May 27, 2020.

Kimberly F. Marshall, City Clerk, City of Uniontown

Equal Opportunity Employer

05/07/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – ARMSTRONG COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY – ROSS-SC

The Housing Authority of the County of Armstrong is accepting applications for the position of Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency Service Coordinator through May 21, 2020. Click the links below for details information.

Equal Opportunity Employer

05/05/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – PHILADELPHIA HOUSING AUTHORITY – CHOICE NEIGHBORHOODS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Choice Neighborhoods Program Director.

Click here to view the detailed position description, including job duties and responsibilities, qualifications and experience.

Interested applicants can visit http://www.pha.phila.gov/jobs/pha-jobs.aspx for more information or send an email to jobs@pha.phila.gov for assistance in applying.