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11/23/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF FRANKLIN

The Housing Authority of the City of Franklin (HACF) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Executive Director.

HACF provides housing assistance for households within the city limits of Franklin, located in Venango County – Northwest Pennsylvania.  The Authority has two Public Housing properties: Colonial Manor, a 61-unit high rise that is 90% elderly designated; and 38 units of family housing. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program serves approximately 125 households with an average monthly HAP expenditure of $52,000.

Please click the links below for additional information.  Applications will be accepted through December 4, 2020.

HACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – SECTION 8 COORDINATOR – HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF FRANKLIN

The Housing Authority of the City of Franklin (HACF) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Section 8 HCV Coordinator.

The HACF Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides housing assistance to households within the city limits of Franklin, located in Venango County – Northwest Pennsylvania.  On a monthly basis, approximately 125 households are subsidized with an average monthly HAP expenditure of $52,000.

Please click the links below for additional information.  Applications will be accepted through December 4, 2020.

HACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

11/04/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF NEW KENSINGTON

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of New Kensington (R.A.C.N.K.) is seeking a full time Executive Director. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity for an energetic, skilled visionary to lead and administer our various community development activities. This person is responsible for overseeing all Authority operations. Our City is experiencing a resurgence, particularly in the downtown area with new development and redevelopment of the Authority owned New Kensington Advanced Manufacturing Park (formerly Schreiber Industrial Park) situated along the Allegheny River.

Preferred candidates should have Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) experience. Experience in property management, operating Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping, and other Federal or State funded programs such as HOME, Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP), and Business In Our Sites (BIOS) is a plus.

Salary and benefits package will be commensurate with qualifications. The applicant should submit a cover letter, resume, 3 personal and 3 business references to ranewken@gmail.com.  Please indicate minimum salary expectation in the cover letter. Inquiries can be directed to ranewken@gmail.com. Deadline for applications is December 7, 2020.

R.A.C.N.K. is an equal opportunity employer.

11/02/2020

PAHRA Elects New President & Executive Board – Welcomes New Board Members

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09/30/2020

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Executive Director – Vision Together 2025

Vision Together 2025, located in Johnstown, Cambria County, PA, is seeking a full-time Executive Director.

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

Vision Together is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – Compliance Specialist – Westmoreland County Housing Authority

The Westmoreland County Housing Authority is looking for a dynamic professional to join their Property Management team as a Compliance Specialist.

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

Westmoreland County Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.