Latest News

Keep up with the latest from PAHRA! 

08/19/2019

PAHRA Monitor – Summer Edition – Now Available Online

Click here to view our latest issue!

08/17/2019

READING HOUSING AUTHORITY & COMMUNITY PARTNERS CELEBRATE IMPROVEMENTS TO OAKBROOK PARK BASEBALL FIELD

Click here to read more about this interesting initiative – including photos!

Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Sharswood Transformation Continues

Two more components of PHA’s Sharswood transformation have received funding.

Click here to view the full press release.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HARTFORD LAND BANK – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Hartford Land Bank (HLB) seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the first Executive Director (ED) of the HLB.

Click here to view the full position description, including qualifications and application instructions.

Applications are being accepted through September 20, 2019 at Indeed.com.

Follow this link to apply.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

The Cumberland County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities are hiring for the Community Development Director position.  The Authorities seek to hire an energetic, detail-oriented, problem solver, highly-organized leader to manage its Community Development Division.

Click here for a detailed position description, including qualifications and application instructions.  

Housing Authority of the County of Chester Receives Award of Excellence

Congratulations to the Housing Authority of the County of Chester (HACC) – recently recognized in the Journal of Housing & Community Development as receipient of a NAHRO Award of Excellence in Project Design – for the development of Whitehall Apartments, permanent, supportive housing for homeless veterans.

Click here to view the entire article as published on August 7, 2019.

HACC’s Whitehall Apartments was also receipient of the PAHRA Bellamy Award last fall, which is PAHRA’s highest award of excellence.

08/05/2019

SEDA-Council of Governments Seeks Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Salary Range:  $110,000-$150,000

Excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, retirement, life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. 

SEDA-Council of Governments is a public development organization based in Lewisburg, PA, serving 11 central Pennsylvania counties.  The organization is currently seeking an Executive Director with entrepreneurial ambition who will be responsible for overall management, performance, and all aspects of the organization’s operations.  This includes revenue maintenance and development, organization planning and development, community relations, personnel management for a staff of 86 and fiscal management of a $9 million annual operating budget.  Candidates are required to submit a formal letter of interest requesting the specific requirements of the position.  Please contact:

Amanda Owens, Human Resources Manager, SEDA-Council of Governments, 201 Furnace Road, Lewisburg, PA  17837     aowens@seda-cog.org

Application deadline:  September 16, 2019

SEDA-COG…Building strong economies & strong communities

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER   www.seda-cog.org

07/26/2019

NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR NAHRO 2019 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

NAHRO offers a variety of awards and recognition to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the H&CD field.  We invite you to submit nominations for the NAHRO 2019 Individual Awards to recognize excellence, innovation, and achievements in our industry.  Nominations for all awards are due August 15.

Click here to view full list of awards, qualifications, and nomination procedures.

07/22/2019

PhillySEEDS Awards College Scholarships to 70 PHA Residents

High Achievers Receive $5,000 Each

Click here to read the full story

07/17/2019

Kudos to 2019 LIHTC, PennHomes, and PHARE Funding Recipients

Last week Governor Wolf announced awards of $41.6 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and $7.7 million in PennHomes funding for construction of 39 affordable multi-family housing developments in Pennsylvania.  These monies will create or preserve 1,708 units of affordable housing.  Congratulations to the following PAHRA members on your successful proposals:

  • Luzerne County Housing Authority – Dupont Housing for the Elderly
  • Housing Development Corporation of Northumberland County – Mountainside Estates

Click here to view the full LIHTC PennHomes Press Release

For a complete listing of funded projects, click here

 

Governor Wolf also announced recipients of $51.4 million in PHARE funding allocated to 212 housing initiatives in 61 counties across the Commonwealth.  Twenty-seven of the successful PHARE recipients are PAHRA members, many receiving funding for multiple projects.  Due to the lengthy list, please follow the appropriate link provided below to view the PHARE projects.

 

Click here to view the full PHARE Press Release

For a complete listing of funded projects, click here

To review PHARE project summaries, click here

07/16/2019

AWARD WINNING AGENCIES

Congratulations are in order for the following PAHRA member agencies whose programs and projects earned them regional recognition through the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (MARC NAHRO).

All eight of these excellent projects or programs have advanced to competition at the national level, culminating in recognition as NAHRO 2019 Agency Awards of Merit recipients at the NAHRO Summer Conference held in Boston.

  • Allegheny County Housing Authority – Dorchester Apartments
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority – “STORIES ALIVE!”
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority – Children Learning Digital Coding
  • Housing Authority of the City of Erie – Future Stars Youth Theatre Program
  • Fayette County Housing Authority – White Swan Apartments
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority – Norris Apartments Phase II
  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh – Project-Based Voucher / Gap Financing
  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh – ABK Early Learning & Development Center

The NAHRO Agency Awards consists of a two-tiered system comprised of Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence.  The first tier Awards of Merit are submitted to NAHRO and sent to Regional Juries for review.  The Regional Juries then send their nominations to NAHRO for second tier Awards of Excellence. These entries are reviewed by National Juries, who may select up to 24 Awards of Excellence each year.

PAHRA wishes all the best to the Awards of Merit honorees for further advancement in the national competition.  Kudos for your innovative efforts in providing stellar services that enrich resident lives; revitalize communities; improve operations; and create affordable housing opportunities.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – LANCASTER CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Lancaster City Housing Authority is accepting applications for the position of Operations & Facilities Manager.

Click here for comprehensive position description, education and experience requirements, and application instructions.

Lancaster City Housing Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

06/26/2019

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY

The Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County is accepting applications for the positions of:

  • Executive Director
  • Program Administrator

Please view the following links for position descriptions and application instructions:

Executive Director Position Description

Program Administrator Position Description

Position Vacancy Notices and Salary Info

The Redevelopment Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

06/20/2019

FHLBank-Pittsburgh Announces AHP Online System Now Open for 2019 Application Input

The 2019 funding round for the Affordable Housing Program (AHP) is now open with approximately $31 million in available funding.  All 2019 forms, guides and application attachments are currently available on the Bank’s website.  Forms may be downloaded and completed and then uploaded to the AHP Online System.  Other resources available to assist applicants include:

  • new guides for applying in the updated system
  • webinars
  • partner matching
  • technical assistance

Please click here for additional details and links to these available resources.

2019 AHP applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 8.  The awarded projects will be announced on Thursday, December 19.  If you have questions about the AHP program or webinars, please contact Megan Krider at 800-288-3400, ext. 4577, or megan.krider@fhlb-pgh.com.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNTY – REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE COUNTY OF WESTMORELAND

The Redevelopment Authority of the County of Westmoreland (RACW) and its affiliate Westmoreland County Land Bank will be accepting resumes from qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director until July 8 2019.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management or related field of study.  Three to five years’ experience in a progressive management position including working with a Board of Directors, grant writing, fiscal accountability and reporting, project development, and staff supervision.

Candidates should have at least a Bachelors degree, Masters degree preferred.  Successful candidates must be a Westmoreland County resident or agree to relocate to the county.

Click here for details and directions on how to apply.

RACW is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

PHARE Expansion Bill – SB 31 – Passes Committee

PAHRA joins our government relations consultant, Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, to extend our appreciation to all for your great advocacy work.  Thanks to you, Senate Bill 31 is moving forward in the Senate.  Please click here to view the Housing Alliance Press Release regarding Senate Bill 31.

Congratulations PAHRA Members!

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (MARC NAHRO) recently announced their region’s selections for the 2019 NAHRO Awards of Merit.

Congratulations are in order for the following PAHRA members whose programs and projects earned them regional recognition through MARC and advancement to the national NAHRO competition:

  • Allegheny County Housing Authority – Dorchester Apartments
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority – “STORIES ALIVE!”
  • Allegheny County Housing Authority – Children Learning Digital Coding
  • Housing Authority of the City of Erie – Future Stars Youth Theatre Program
  • Fayette County Housing  Authority – White Swan Apartments
  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh – Project-Based Voucher / Gap Financing
  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh – ABK Early Learning & Development Center
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority – Norris Apartments Phase II

Watch your email for an invitation to share your success and submit your nominations for the PAHRA Best Practices Showcase & Bellamy Awards, which will be presented at the PAHRA Annual Conference on Tuesday, September 17th.  Entry forms and additional details will be available soon.

05/22/2019

PHFA ACCEPTING BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDITS

Tax Credit Bid Deadline is June 14.  Click here to read the full press release.

PHFA ACCEPTING BIDS FOR PURCHASE OF MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDITS

Tax Credit Bid Deadline is June 14.

Click here to read the full press release.

05/13/2019

HUD OFFICIALS TAKE “A CLOSER LOOK AT PUBLIC HOUSING”

Hunter Kurtz, HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing (PIH) made a special trip to Lancaster, PA recently to learn more about the operations of the Lancaster City Housing Authority (LCHA), where he was welcomed by LCHA Executive Director Barbara Wilson.

While there, he walked through the process applicants follow to apply for HUD-assisted housing and sat in on a meeting with an applicant recently selected from the waiting list.  He met with local partners, including Matthew Sternberg, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authority, and toured public housing with Ms. Wilson, HUD Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Joe DeFelice, HUD Philadelphia PIH Director Monica Hawkins, and LCHA Board Chair and City Council President James Reichenbach.

A key highlight of his trip was the time he spent seeing the former public housing complex where his grandparents and mother once lived.

Click here to view photos of the event.