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American Rescue Plan – State Fiscal Recovery Fund
Have you heard of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund that was created by the American Rescue Plan Act? Pennsylvania stands to receive approximately $7.3 billion for budget shortfalls and other COVID-related activities.
It is anticipated that the state needs about $2.5 billion per year for 2020-21 and 2021-22 budget gaps. This would leave over $2 billion for other COVID-related programs.
Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) has two proposals that may make a lot of sense in relation to the pandemic and recovery efforts. Please click the links below to read their proposals. If you support either of these ideas, spread the word and share with your elected officials. Discussions are already taking place regarding the use of the Fiscal Recovery Fund monies.
For additional information, please contact Cynthia Witman Daley, Director of Community Redevelopment Initiatives, Regional Legal Housing Services, email@example.com or 717-579-3790.
PA DCED Announces Extended Application Availability for ESG-CV Round 2
ESG-CV Round 2 Extended Application Availability – Applications Due June 4, 2021
The Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) has received the second allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant program funds appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – ESG-CV. The award in the amount of $19,930,907 was based on a new HUD formula accounting for variables that quantify the population currently experiencing and at risk of homelessness such as total homeless population, unsheltered homeless population, total very low income (VLI) renters, VLI renters that are overcrowded or without a kitchen or plumbing.
DCED allocated $2,997,961 of the second round of ESG CV funds to a Code Blue program to provide winter sheltering during the 2020-2021 season. Applications for the ESG CV 2 funds that were accepted in February of this year have been reviewed and awards have been made, however it was undersubscribed. Therefore, DCED has over $3.5 million available and will be reopening the application.
DCED’s priority for the use of these ESG funds will be to assist homeless providers and communities as they prepare for, prevent the spread of and respond to the coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus. DCED will award ESG-CV funding to support applicants who will work to end or prevent homelessness quickly and as efficiently as possible for all vulnerable populations.
In addition, priority will be given to applicants who have assessed and increased equity by expanding their sub-recipient portfolio to identify and include providers to act as sub-recipients that are led by and specifically serve communities that have been underrepresented and poorly served. Sub-recipients that are located in or deeply connected to areas with significant populations of targeted racial or ethnic groups are preferred.
DCED intends to make grants of $25,000 or more for any single activity or combination of ESG-CV activities as outlined below:
- Emergency Shelter
- Temporary Emergency Shelter
- Rapid Rehousing
- Homelessness Prevention
- Landlord Incentives
- Street Outreach
- Hazard Pay
- Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)
Please be advised of the following flexibilities with ESG CV 2:
- Direct Entitlement Communities may apply for any ESG CV eligible activities
- Redevelopment Authorities and Public Housing Agencies may apply directly to DCED for funds
The Emergency Solutions Grant – CARES (ESG-CV) Application and Guidelines are available for review at https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-cares-act-esg-cv/. Applicants should read the guidelines before starting an application.
An application webinar that was conducted in January can also be found at the link above. The content of this PowerPoint is still applicable with the exception of the amount of funds available and any deadlines posted.
Applications will be accepted using the DCED Electronic Single Application through 4:00 pm EST on June 4, 2021.
No application submitted after this time will be considered for funding. Competitive applications for funding will only be accepted through the DCED Electronic Single Application (ESA). All forms and required addenda can be found in ESA and must be submitted there.
Please be sure to download applicable forms from ESA as forms from prior application toolkits will not be accepted.
Please contact Stacy Hawthorne at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – JEFFERSON COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Jefferson County Housing Authority, Punxsutawney, PA has immediate job openings for ROSS Service Coordinator and Management Aide.
Click the links below for detailed job descriptions including duties, education, and experience:
Contact Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at 814-938-7140 extension 118 or email@example.com for more information and application. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.
Jefferson County Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How the American Rescue Plan Act Delivers for Pennsylvania – Willig, Williams, Davidson
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF MONROE
|The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Monroe and its affiliate, the Monroe County Land Bank is accepting applications for the position of Deputy Executive Director. The Authority’s activities include the administration of federal, state, and local grants such as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, LIHEAP, DOE and the Land Bank. The Deputy Executive Director will initially be responsible for assisting the Executive Director in leading the activities of the Authority.
Undergraduate degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience in land development, project management, or administration of federal or state grant requirements. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a full position description.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package is included.
Please mail or email cover letter of interest and resume no later than April 30, 2021 to:
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Monroe, Martha A. Robbins, Executive Director
701 Main Street, Suite 502, Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: 570/421-4300; Fax: 570/420-9414
Redevelopment Authority of the County of Monroe is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Registration Open for PAHRA 2021 Spring Conference – June 6-9 – Seven Springs Mountain Resort
Time to move Onward & Upward!
Let’s meet on the mountain June 6-9, 2021 for the PAHRA Spring Conference. Click here to view the preliminary agenda as of March 30, 2021.
Click here to view the Spring Conference flyer including additional details regarding registration, hotel, etc.
What a great opportunity to escape into the clean, crisp mountain air of the Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands where every effort will be made to offer an excellent conference experience that complies with safety guidelines and socially distant protocols in place at that time.
Your health and safety is our priority. Consequently our annual trade show typically a part of our Spring Conference is being delayed and will be held in conjunction with the PAHRA Annual Conference & Awards scheduled for September 19-22, 2021 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh at Station Square. Details for that event will be added as they are confirmed.
Hotel reservations may be made by calling Seven Springs at 800-452-2223 or 814-352-7777. PAHRA group room rate is $183 per person per night single occupancy; $134 per person per night double occupancy; $117 per person per night triple/quad occupancy, inclusive of tax and gratuities, as well as breakfast each morning of your stay.
HUD Announces $693 Million in Funding for National Housing Trust Fund
|The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development has announced that communities across the nation will receive a total of $693 million in funding for the construction and operation of affordable, accessible housing for the lowest income people through the national Housing Trust Fund. This is more than double last year’s allocation. The HTF is a dedicated resource for building, rehabilitating, and preserving affordable housing for people with the lowest incomes. Pennsylvania will receive $24,134,348, the seventh largest allocation in the United States.
Enacted in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA), the national Housing Trust Fund is the first new housing program in a generation dedicated solely to the construction of housing affordable to the lowest-income people. The HTF is a permanent federal program with dedicated funding sources outside of the annual appropriations process. The HTF is funded through a modest annual assessment fee on Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, so it does not compete for funding with other HUD housing programs.
At least 90% of HTF funding must be used for the production, rehabilitation, preservation, or operation of rental housing, while up to 10% can be used for homeownership activities for first-time homebuyers. The HTF is administered through HUD as block grants to states and territories, and funding for each state and territory is determined by the number of extremely and very low-income renters who are severely housing cost-burdened as well as the shortage of rental properties available to extremely and very low-income households.
Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program Funding Availability & Informational Webinars
|Webinar 1: HUD Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program
Join the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative for an informational webinar on Monday, March 22nd at 1:00 PM ET on the new HUD Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program (due May 4th).
On this webinar you will learn about the new funding opportunity from the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes at the Department of Housing and Urban Development: Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program. Speakers from the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative will review key aspects of the grant for proposal development. This webinar will support the critical work of helping older adults age in place through home modifications. Representatives from the HUD Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes will present and answer questions.
Register here to join us!
Webinar 2: HUD Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program
Join us for a webinar on Apr 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT.
On this webinar, attendees will learn about the new Older Adults Home Modification Grant Program funding opportunity from the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Speakers will review key aspects of the program and answer questions related to the presentation.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
About the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative
Founded in 1986 as Parents Against Lead, the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative is one of the nation’s most influential leaders in advancing policies, practices and programs to create healthy, safe and energy efficient homes in America’s lowest income communities. Through its work to create healthier housing, GHHI focuses on addressing the social determinants of health and racial and health equity to give every child and family the opportunity to reach their full potential. To learn more, please visit www.ghhi.org and follow us at: @HealthyHousing
View details of the funding notice for the Older Adult Homes Modification Program below.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes has announced funding availability of $30 million for the Older Adult Homes Modification Program.
The goal of this program is to make safety and functional home modifications and repairs that enable low-income persons to remain in their homes. Eligible applicants include state, county, city or township governments, public housing authorities, and 501(c)3 non-profits. Deadline for application submission is May 4, 2021.
If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact Yolanda.A.Brown@hud.gov.
NEW, UPDATED EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE GUIDANCE ISSUED
The U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) has released new and updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) that was created by the December 27, 2020 omnibus appropriations act. These new February 22, 2021 dated FAQs replace in their entirety the previously issued January 19, 2021 FAQs.
PAHRA joins NAHRO in commending the Treasury for the new FAQs, as they provide much-needed clear and reasonable guidance on the ERAP. NAHRO has been in contact with Treasury on numerous occasions to ensure that PHAs and their residents are served by the ERAP.
This article republished courtesy of NAHRO Direct News.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – CUMBERLAND COUNTY HOUSING & REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITIES – INFORMATION / REPORTING SPECIALIST
|The Cumberland County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities (CCHRA) are seeking a highly organized, detail oriented, self-motivated individual to maintain the information and reporting processes for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, and other state and federally funded programs. The Information/Reporting Specialist will set-up, fund and change activities in HUD’s integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and track accomplishment data and create reports.
Experience in IDIS is preferred. Candidate must be computer literate and have a strong knowledge of Excel and Word. Some direct experience with federal programs (CDBG, HOME, etc.) is preferred. Good personal and teamwork skills, as well as the ability to deal with the general public is required. This vacancy is also posted at https://cchra.com/careers.
Provide minimum salary expectations in a cover letter and resume to:
Cumberland County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities, Attention: Human Resource, 114 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013
CCHRA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES – YORK HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Housing Authority of the City of York is accepting applications for the position of Section 8 Housing Program Manager, Assistant Section 8 Coordinator, and Assistant Property Manager at tax credit properties. Contact Susan Paiva, HR Manager at 717-845-2601, ext. 1124 or email@example.com for more information and the application. Click here to view the job description for Section 8 Housing Program Manager and visit yorkhousingauthority.com for more insight. Applications will be accepted until positions have been filled.
York Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
PAHRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS REORGANIZATION: New President; New Executive Board; New Member
The PAHRA Board of Directors recently reorganized, resulting in Brian L. Yaworsky, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the County of Beaver, becoming President of our Association. Please click here to view the full announcement of our Board reorganization – a new President – new Executive Board – and new Board Member, Ms. Holly Nogay, Executive Director of Mercer County Housing Authority.
SDHP’s Home Modifications Program is Back!
SDHP’s Keystone Communities Program/PA Accessible Housing Grant provides home modifications to help increase accessibility for eligible individuals with disabilities in PA so they can remain independent in their homes.
Please help us spread the word! Share the attached flyer.
Applications are now being accepted!
For more information, please call (610) 873-9595
or email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Project is financed by a grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development.
Learn to L.E.A.D.
Upskill your team with leadership development training designed to direct your organization to success.
PAHRA and Vitruvian Leadership LLC have partnered to provide our members with an opportunity for professional growth through a series of online Leadership Development workshops. Become L.E.A.D. Certified in a safe, virtual environment without the hassle or cost of travel. View the links provided below for detailed information on how you can take your career or your business operations to the next level.
SELF-DETERMINATION HOUSING OF PENNSYLVANIA MERGES WITH INGLIS & BECOMES A PROGRAM OF INGLIS COMMUNITY SERVICES
PHILADELPHIA, PA (FEBRUARY 1, 2021) — Inglis, a more than 144-year-old, Philadelphia-based organization serving individuals with disabilities, announced today that Self-Determination Housing of Pennsylvania (SDHP) has joined the Inglis organization as a program of its community-focused division, Inglis Community Services, and will now operate under the Inglis banner.
Both organizations are well established in their commitment to increasing independence for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. SDHP is a statewide program that leads an array of accessible housing initiatives across the entire Commonwealth. Since its establishment in 1994, SDHP has advanced its mission to promote self-determination and control in housing for persons with disabilities and older adults. They bring an extensive affordable housing network as well as a deep knowledge of housing, vouchers, and home modification resources to Inglis’ array of services.
“Maintaining housing that meets our individual needs is essential to good health and a sense of security and stability in one’s life,” said Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. “As the public health crisis continues, this work is even more critical. I’m grateful to both Inglis and SDHP’s work to serve the housing needs of Pennsylvanians with disabilities and I look forward to seeing the good that will come of this partnership.”
Since its founding in 1877, Inglis has been supporting people with disabilities to achieve their goals and live the lives they choose. From assistive technology, independent living apartments, and other community-based programming to long-term care – Inglis meets the needs of the people it serves along a continuum of care.
“We are excited to bring the whole SDHP team into the Inglis family,” said Inglis President & CEO, Dyann Roth. “This merger will enable SDHP to expand on its mission and vision for increasing affordable and accessible housing options across the state. And at the same time, it diversifies our Inglis Community Services portfolio by adding new service lines that support individuals with disabilities who seek to obtain, maintain and/or modify independent living options. It also expands our service footprint statewide,” Roth said.
Inglis is committed to expanding housing options and supports for people with disabilities through multiple strategies. As a community-based service, SDHP’s work involves training, education and referrals to service providers, government organizations, and landlords who, in turn, work directly with individuals with disabilities who are seeking housing. Inglis Housing Corporation, a separate Inglis entity, seeks to impact the housing crisis by developing new affordable, accessible housing communities and providing property management services for the individuals living in those apartments.
SDHP Program Co-Directors, Leah Marmo-Rainey, MSW and Laura Willmer-Rodack, MSW said “SDHP has a rich history advocating for accessible housing and providing quality housing education across the Commonwealth. We could not be happier to move into this new phase with Inglis. Our work together will only enhance both organizations’ impact and allow more people with disabilities to have access to housing that meets their individual needs.”
Though now a program of Inglis Community Services, SDHP will continue to operate as it has always done, and administer their Regional Housing Coordinator Program which includes their accessible and affordable housing trainings; the 811 Project Rental Assistance which provides housing rental vouchers to people with disabilities; and Accessible Home Modification services.
Founded in 1877, Inglis is a national leader in providing comprehensive care and services for people living with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries and other neurological disorders resulting in some level of paralysis and mobility impairment. From adapted technology, independent living apartments, and other community-based programming, to long-term care – Inglis meets the needs of the people we serve along the continuum of care.
Inglis has three key areas of programmatic focus including: Inglis Community Services, a collection of programs that support people with disabilities who choose to live in the community in a variety of settings; Inglis Housing Corporation, the largest private developer in the Philadelphia area of affordable, accessible independent living apartments for people with disabilities; and Inglis House, a 24/7 skilled nursing wheelchair community for adults 21 or better who choose to live in long-term care. All of these program areas are supported with Inglis’ thought leadership and expertise in assistive technology as well as a commitment to Person-Centered Care.
PAHRA 2021 WINTER CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!
PAHRA is pleased to present our virtual 2021 Winter Conference & Webinar Series.
A majority of our previously scheduled 2021 Capitol Conference content will be offered on the original training dates of February 22-23. This will be followed by a series of webinars scheduled to being March 3, continuing on select Wednesdays throughout March and April.
Click here to access and download the Winter Conference & Wednesday Webinars schedule, including speakers and course descriptions.
Registration is required to attend the Winter Conference. Cost is $100 per person. Click here to register now. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing connection information along with your personal ID. Save that information since it will be required to join the meetings. Your Winter Conference registration will grant access to any or all of the sessions scheduled to be held on Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23. While attending the conference, we ask that you be cognizant of limited bandwidth in Pennsylvania’s rural areas and use audio only. Video will be reserved for our speakers.
Separate invitations will be forwarded for the subsequent Wednesday Webinars.
VIRTUAL CLASSROOM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES CAN BENEFIT MARC NAHRO
|MARC NAHRO continues to partner with NAHRO Professional Development on their “Virtual Classroom” offerings that will directly benefit members and our Region!
Members will receive a discount of $10 on every NAHRO “Virtual Classroom” offering and MARC NAHRO will also receive a revenue share for each participant from our region!
How does it work?
When registering, please use code MARC2020 ( ALL CAPS), click apply prior to checkout, it’s that simple!
Please note: this code must be used when registering! It cannot be retroactively applied
Our Latest Virtual Classroom Offerings!
Our Latest e-Learnings, Exams, Webinars and more!
Please contact email@example.com or call 202 580-7211 for further details and/or registration assistance.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – PUBLIC HOUSING MANAGER – WESTMORELAND COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY
Westmoreland County Housing Authority is accepting applications for Public Housing Manager for its housing development in New Kensington.
Applicants must possess knowledge of the following:
- Manage and operate housing community/communities as assigned, according to policies and regulations set forth by HUD and the Housing Authority.
- Accept telephone inquiries regarding housing and residents therein.
- Complete and process applications.
- Prepare and maintain all records and resident accounts for admission, termination, and transfers according to the rules and regulations established by HUD and the Housing Authority.
- Collect rents, security deposits, and other monies.
- Prepare and deliver bank deposits.
- Balance cash drawer daily.
- Maintain petty cash receipts.
- Follow the collection policy as set forth on delinquent accounts.
- Schedule and conduct annual re-certifications and interims by preparing notices, verifying household composition, income, assets, medical expenses.
- Calculate rent changes on reported information.
- Balance and submit monthly all resident information per computer input. E.g. Rent collections, adjustments, charges, terminations, and transfers.
- Instruct residents on care of units; enforce all policies and lease regulations; investigate and remedy resident complaints and lease violations and execute evictions when necessary.
- Coordinate resident work orders with maintenance personnel and monitor job progress.
- Aide in conducting systematic inspections of units/grounds.
- Maintain office supplies and record usage to assist in perpetual inventory.
- Conduct resident meetings with management and maintenance personnel and submit monthly reports.
- Participate with resident organizations and advise residents of methods and principles of social and re- creational needs.
- Direct residents to social service agencies for counseling in dealing with social and community concerns.
- Collaborate with local government representatives and local law enforcement agencies for improvements within the community.
- Supervise daily use of community facilities and spaces.
- Attend meetings as required and accept additional responsibilities as deemed necessary.
- Performs all other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Asset Management Director.
The position offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
To apply, mail resume to Westmoreland County Housing Authority, Attn: Linda Metz, 167 South Greengate Road, Greensburg, PA 15601 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Westmoreland County Housing Authority is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – WILMINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY (DELAWARE)
Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA), located in Wilmington, DE, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. WHA has approximately 1,600 public housing units, 218 tax credit units and 1,970 Housing Choice Vouchers and a staff of 75 employees. The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Commissioners for the planning, implementation, direction, and administration of all WHA programs and functions. The Executive Director, under the oversight of the Board of Commissioners, implements both the long-term visionary and short-term operational priorities of the agency. The Executive Director is responsible for overall agency performance as measured by HUD and other Federal, State and local governing entities.
The requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration or a related field with ten years of progressively responsible experience in management or administration. Experience and working knowledge of the administration of HUD housing programs, such as Low-Income Public Housing, Housing Choice Vouchers, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), RAD Program, Capital Improvement Grants and Modernization and Development, are required. Also required are: ability to plan, prepare, and communicate WHA’s financial budget and performance, excellent skills in staff and organizational development, excellent oral and written communication skills, experience and proven track record in mixed use and affordable housing development, excellent fundraising skills, or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which results in the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as determined by the Board of Commissioners.
Salary range is $150k to $165k to commensurate with experience and education. Please email, no later than 1/29/21, your letter of interest and résumé describing your background and experience to Tricia@hrstrategies.org. Interested candidates should include: Executive Director Search in the subject line.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability