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07/22/2021

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR PAHRA 2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE, AWARDS & EXPO!

PAHRA is excited to be “Back in the ‘Burgh” for our Annual Conference, Awards & Expo, which will include our yearly trade show.  Join us at the Pittsburgh Sheraton at Station Square, overlooking the rivers and city skyline.

Click here to access conference registration form or go to the Events tab for additional information including a detailed preliminary agenda, exhibitor opportunities, hotel reservation link, and more.

07/13/2021

SECTION 3 & FAIR HOUSING VIRTUAL TRAINING IS HERE!

PAHRA is proud to partner with Motivation, Inc. and the Lebanon County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities to bring you a comprehensive one-day Section 3 New Rule and Fair Housing training program on Wednesday, August 11, 2021.

This timely training will be offered virtually by J. Keith Swiney, Founder, President, and CEO of Motivation, Inc., a full-service Section 3 Compliance Management Firm.

Click the links below for training details and registration.

Click here to learn more about Motivation, Inc. 

07/06/2021

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HOUSING GENERALIST – REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF BERKS

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks is accepting applications for the position of Housing Generalist.  The Authority’s duties include the administration of federal, state, and local programs related the housing and community development.

The position has authority and responsibility for obtaining voluntary compliance with the property owners on all deficient structures, directing rehabilitation of buildings on behalf of the Authority or its nonprofit, acquiring property, monitoring federal and state wage rates, management of the maintenance of the Authority’s residential and commercial properties, etc. The person in this position represents the Authority in its relations with property owners, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and private entities regarding housing and housing matters.  Email kpick@berksredevelop.org for a detailed position description.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.  A comprehensive benefits package is included. Graduation from high school or G.E.D certification from a recognized issuing agency with a minimum of five (5) years experience in the construction industry, building industry, land development, or construction/building project management.

Please mail cover letter of interest and resume no later than July 30, 2021 to:  Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks, 606 Court Street, 3rd Floor, Reading, PA 19601.  Cover letter of interest and resume may also be emailed to kpick@berksredevelop.org

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Berks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

06/24/2021

RFP – Abington Township – Housing Rehabilitation Services Consultant

Abington Township is seeking proposals from qualified consultants for Housing Rehabilitation Services.

Click here to access the detailed Request for Proposals, including scope of services, qualifications, submission instructions, and selection criteria.

Proposals are due July 30, 2021.

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 exdirector@monroecountyrda.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 July 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

Email: exdirector@monroecountyrda.org

Equal Opportunity Employer

06/23/2021

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HOUSING INSPECTOR – CENTRE COUNTY HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Centre County Housing Authority is seeking a full-time Housing Inspector.  Click here to view the detailed job description, including essential functions, qualifications and experience, wages and benefits.

Interested parties please contact Lori Haines, Executive Director, at lhaines@centrecountyhousingauthority.com or 814-355-6750 ext. 9.

06/17/2021

PAHRA ANNOUNCES 2021 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

PAHRA proudly announces the following recipients of our 34th Annual Scholarship Awards. 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.

2021 L. DeWitt Boosel Memorial (High School Senior) Scholarships:

·        Whitney Strong – 1st Place $3,000 – Sponsored by Johnstown Housing Authority

·        Keara Alberts – 2nd Place $2,000 – Sponsored by Housing Authority of the County of Beaver

·        Naomi Benita – 3rd Place $1,000 – Sponsored by Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh

·        Jiovanny Figueroa – 4th Place $500 – Sponsored by Bethlehem Housing Authority

2021 Paul G. Pecharko Memorial (Adult Ed) Scholarships: 

·        Tavia Henderson-Gunn – 1st Place $3,000 – Sponsored by Washington County Housing Authority

·        Imany Naomy Zorilla – 2nd Place $2,000 – Sponsored by Lancaster City Housing Authority

·        Isabelle Cunningham – 3rd Place $1,000 – Sponsored by Johnstown Housing Authority

·        Chanel Alvarez – 4th Place $500 – Sponsored by Allentown Housing Authority

 

06/14/2021

CONGRATULATIONS PAHRA MEMBERS ON PHARE FUNDING AWARDS

 Join us in congratulating our PAHRA members who submitted successful project proposals that will receive a portion of the $44.9 million awarded in PHARE funding including 223 housing initiatives located in all 67 commonwealth counties.

Click here to access the 2021 PHARE funding announcementsUse the drop down menu to view the list of recipients and project summariesFollowing is the recent PHFA press release.

Governor Tom Wolf has 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 223 housing and community development initiatives in 67 counties that will share a portion of the total $44.9 million in PHARE funding for fiscal year 2020-21. The PHARE fund is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.

“Over the last nine years, the PHARE program has proven to be popular because local organizations and leaders determine how best to spend the funds to address their housing needs,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding may come from Harrisburg, but its application to improve housing is driven locally, which is why it is so effective.”

Funding for these PHARE awards comes from two 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 funding provided by a portion of the realty transfer tax. The PHARE fund is often referred to as the state’s Housing Trust Fund.

Today’s PHARE funding is expected to impact more than 3,300 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

“What I find most impressive about PHARE is the wide variety of ways the funding is used to address local housing challenges,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “The recipients of PHARE funding in each county know their housing needs best, so they direct the money to address pressing housing concerns in ways that will do the most good.”

PHFA staff reports that at least $30.1 million of the $44.9 million allocated today will be used to fund housing projects benefiting households with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income. That represents 67 percent of the awarded funding.

06/04/2021

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – ROSS COORDINATOR – LANCASTER CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Lancaster City Housing Authority is accepting applications for the position of Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Coordinator.

Responsible for the development and implementation of a ROSS program, which includes coordinating supportive services and other resident empowerment activities designed to help Public Housing residents attain greater self-sufficiency.  Responsibilities also include periodically evaluating program success, preparing program/grant reports and assessing resident needs in developing new programs and policies  This position is funded by a three year grant from HUD which is eligible to renew every three years.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • ·        Must possess the passion for working with low-income residents and sincere interest and desire to assist residents.
  • ·        Must possess proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.

Education/Specific Requirements

  • ·        Bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, housing management, human/social services or related field.
  • ·        Two (2) years’ experience in case management or related work.
  • ·        Associate degree in related field such as Social Services, Psychology, Human Services, Counseling or related area with 5 years of relevant experience.
  • ·        Equivalent combination of relevant education, training and experience that meets the requirement to successfully accomplish the assigned duties and responsibilities.

Please submit your resume to: Kathia Figueroa at kfigueroa@lchapa.com

The job is also posted on Indeed at the following link.  https://www.indeed.com/job/ross-service-coordinator-8972ed2c059db847

 

05/03/2021

PAHRA Monitor Spring 2021 Edition Available Online

Click here to view or download our most recent issue.

04/21/2021

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, cindy.daley@rhls.org 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)
  • Administration

 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 shawthorne@pa.gov if you need assistance.

04/13/2021

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:

Management Aide

ROSS Service Coordinator 

Contact Sandra McGuire, Executive Director, at 814-938-7140 extension 118 or sandra@jeffcoha.com for more information and application.  Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

www.JeffCoHA.com

Jefferson County Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

04/08/2021

How the American Rescue Plan Act Delivers for Pennsylvania – Willig, Williams, Davidson

How the American Rescue Plan Act Delivers for Pennsylvania

While the deadly COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis that it spurred continue to test families across the country, help already is on the way. The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, is the most sweeping and progressive economic package that Congress has passed in recent decades.

What is in the American Rescue Plan, and how will it benefit Pennsylvania’s working families? Our lawyers have examined the law’s effects on various important issues, including health insurance, unemployment benefits and more.

PPP Loans Now Open to Certain Labor Organizations
For the first time, Tax Code Section 501(c)(5) labor organizations can apply for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, provided they file their applications by May 31, 2021 and meet certain criteria. Here’s what labor unions need to know about applying for a forgivable PPP loan.

American Rescue Plan Extends Unemployment Benefits
More than a year into the pandemic, chronic unemployment and under-employment remain among its most challenging impacts on individuals’ lives and our economy. In response, the American Rescue Plan Act significantly expands state unemployment to many workers, including independent contractors and so-called gig workers.

ARPA: Subsidized COBRA Coverage and Extensions of ERISA Deadlines
The American Rescue Plan Act makes some individuals who have lost their jobs or have had their work hours reduced eligible for a 100% subsidy for COBRA coverage through September 30, 2021. Here are various examples of how these changes might affect certain workers.

American Rescue Plan Offers New Life to Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Plans Facing Insolvency
For years, experts and legislators have debated what to do about several large multiemployer defined benefit pension plans facing insolvency. Finally, Congress has given these plans new life through its passage of the American Rescue Plan Act. We have drafted a summary of some of the major elements of this important part of the ARPA.

The passage of the American Rescue Plan is a triumph for working families. It will help our economy recover from the pandemic and correct the economic inequities for working families that the pandemic has laid bare.

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 exdirector@monroecountyrda.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

Email: exdirector@monroecountyrda.org

Redevelopment Authority of the County of Monroe is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

04/06/2021

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.

 

03/19/2021

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.

Register now!

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.

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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

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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.

Click here for additional grant application information.

Click here to view the funding notice.

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact Yolanda.A.Brown@hud.gov.

 

02/25/2021

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.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FAQs

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