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10/15/2021

Governor Wolf Announces Funding for Affordable Rental Housing

Governor Tom Wolf has announced awards totaling more than $43.6 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credits, more than $7.4 million in PennHOMES funding, and more than $15.9 million in National Housing Trust Funds for the construction of 1,974 affordable multifamily rental units in Pennsylvania. The federal tax credits are administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and were approved by its board. 

“The pandemic has shown just how important affordable housing is for people’s health and quality of life,” said Gov. Wolf. “I’m pleased that we are able to help fund the construction of these new rental units to meet the demand for more affordable housing in the commonwealth.” 

When completed, the developments receiving funding today will preserve and create an additional 1,974 total rental units, including 1,886 for low-income Pennsylvania residents, with 93 units for people at or below 30 percent of the area median income supported by the National Housing Trust Funds. 

“Tax credits are the best tool we have for supporting the construction of affordable rental housing in Pennsylvania,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “Our mission at PHFA is to expand affordable housing options for the state’s residents, and these developments receiving tax credits today will help us do that.” 

The 37 multifamily housing developments that are being awarded tax credits today can be viewed on the PHFA website at: https://www.phfa.org/mhp/; see the list of tax credit recipients under “News: 2021” and dated 10/14.  

10/13/2021

HUD Publishes Interim Final Rule Requiring Tenants to Receive Emergency Rental Assistance Info in 30-Day Eviction Notice

HUD published an interim final rule in the Federal Register on October 7 that applies when there is a national emergency such as the current pandemic and when federal funding is available to assist tenants in public housing and properties with project-based rental assistance (PBRA) who are facing eviction for nonpayment of rent. The interim final rule will allow HUD to require providers of public and PBRA housing to give tenants facing eviction for nonpayment of rent at least 30 days’ notice before a tenant must vacate a unit. That notice must give tenants information about the availability of federal emergency funding intended to prevent evictions. In addition, PHAs must provide all public housing tenants information about the availability of federal emergency rental assistance. HUD will publish notices providing details about the content of required tenant notifications. Comments are due by November 8, the day the interim final rule takes effect.

Click here to read the full article.

10/06/2021

PAHRA Monitor Summer 2021 Edition Available Online

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10/05/2021

Free Landlord Educational Workshop – Thursday, October 28, 2021

Sponsored by Altoona Housing Authority, Operation Our Town, and the Central PA Landlord’s Association.  See below for additional details and registration information.    

10/04/2021

PAHRA PROUDLY PRESENTS 2021 BELLAMY & BEST PRACTICES AWARDS AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Each year PAHRA recognizes members who have implemented innovative ideas, explored successful entrepreneurial activities, exhibited excellence in design, shown progressive program operations, provided outstanding customer service or supportive services in a unique way, or created a lasting impact on their communities. 

A number of excellent entries were submitted to participate in the 2021 Best Practices Showcase.  This year many of the programs or projects related to response and recovery throughout the pandemic, actions borne of resourcefulness and resiliency.  Two agencies were presented with Bellamy Awards, PAHRA’s highest level of recognition; two agencies earned Best Practice Awards; and all others received Certificates of Merit in recognition of their achievements. 

AND THE WINNERS ARE…..  Click here to reveal our award recipients and learn about their outstanding projects and programs.

Housing Authority of Centre County – RFP for IT Services

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – IT SERVICES

The Housing Authority of Centre County (CCHA), a recipient of federal assistance through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), hereby gives public notice of its intent to utilize a competitive process, in accordance with 24 CFR 85.36, for the procurement of Information Technology (IT) Services that are required for all aspects of the CCHA’s daily business information systems and associated network functions.

A firm’s qualifications must include, at a minimum: (a) prior experience as an IT provider of business services; (b) familiarity with federal housing programs; and (c) adequate human and physical resources for successful completion of all CCHA customary and emergency IT needs.

Qualified firms are invited to submit their proposals to the CCHA no later than 2:00 p.m. on November 5, 2021. Proposals will be evaluated, and the firm whose proposal is most advantageous to the CCHA will be selected, subject to negotiation of fair and reasonable compensation.

Complete details of this Request for Proposals may be obtained by contacting Lori Haines, Executive Director, Centre County Housing Authority, 602 E. Howard St., Bellefonte, PA 16823 (Telephone 814-355-6965).  This RFP is also available via the CCHA website at www.centrecountyhousingauthority.com.

The CCHA is an equal opportunity agency which does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, or familial status. The CCHA solicits and encourages Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and Section 3 Business participation in all its contracts.

Lori Haines, Executive Director

City of Bethlehem Seeks Community Development Consultant

CITY OF BETHLEHEM – REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – CONSULTANT SERVICES

The City of Bethlehem, through its Department of Community and Economic Development, administer the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership HUD entitlement programs.  At this time, the City is soliciting proposals from qualified community development firms interested in providing consulting services for various tasks associated with the administration of these programs.

Tasks for which these services are being requested will pertain to Annual Action Plans, Consolidated Plans, CAPERs, Environmental Review Records (ERR), Rental Assistance and Rehab Programs, and other activities related to housing, homelessness, community development and economic development.

The complete Request for Proposal (RFP) is available online at https://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/Community-Economic-Development/Community-Development/CDBG-Home.  Proposals are due electronically by 3:00 PM on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Please contact Tina Roseberry, Housing and Community Development Administrator for the City of Bethlehem, at (610) 997-5731 or via email at croseberry@bethlehem-pa.gov with any questions or for additional information.

09/23/2021

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM – DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR

The Westmoreland County Housing Authority has an opportunity to join the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program as Department Director. The successful applicant will manage the HCV Program, which is responsible for administering a wide variety of special housing vouchers (e.g. low-income families, veterans (VASH), persons with disabilities, Family Unification (FUP), Project Based Vouchers (PBV)), and seven staff in compliance with Federal and local regulations; proactively facilitate high quality, timely and accurate customer service; develop and implement well-coordinated, effective HCV work plans; accurately apply Federal policies; provide case management supervision and direction; manage the program’s marketing and build community relationships; and manage the program budget to achieve the goal of housing as many households as possible within Federal funding limits. The candidate must be able to competently use Horizon or WCHA’s software to develop program reports and monitor program activity.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Manages all components of the federally funded Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to include Mainstream, VASH, PBV and FUP vouchers and other voucher programs
  • Administers all internal audit processes required by HUD to include SEMAP
  • Administers the waitlist
  • Manages accurate and timely program compliance with all HUD regulations
  • Develops and implements the Administrative, Annual and 5-Year PHA plans in coordination with unit staff related to the HCV program
  • Administers, reviews, drafts new policy when appropriate and timely written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to provide clear, consistent guidance for the program’s operations
  • Evaluates program quarterly and provides comprehensive, well-reasoned quick facts and performance measures on program performance
  • Recommends and implements HCV program improvements based on best practices to improve the efficiency, accuracy and to enhance WCHA’s program
  • Develops complete, well-researched, written policy interpretations for program staff to provide consistency in program implementation
  • Accurately identifies and anticipates issues affecting the program such as sequestration and/or changes in County or Federal mandates, codes, and resources
  • Evaluates programs’ effectiveness by identifying and recording accurate, consistent, and instructive data about program operations (to include information about clients, rental market conditions, landlords, etc.) and recommends
  • Drafts reports.
  • Manages program marketing to landlords and tenants
  • Builds great community relationships

The ideal candidate will be proficient in the use of technology in order to produce HCV programmatic reports; have proven experience with HCV programs and processes (including waitlist management, intake appointments, voucher management, reporting, audits, and determining eligibility) and HUD requirements related to the program; have a strong managerial background; demonstrated strong organization, problem-solving and communication skills; and the ability to work independently interpreting and implementing HUD regulations. Certification as a Housing Choice Voucher Program Specialist, Certified Voucher Specialist, or similar a plus.

WCHA Employees are eligible for full benefits including but not limited to the following as a part of a total rewards package!

  • Pension
  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Annual Paid Holidays
  • Group Health Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Exceptional Performance Recognition
  • Credit Union Membership

Salary Commensurate with Experience

Job Requirements

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major work in housing, public administration, planning, human services, or a related field and four years related experience. Experience in the implementation of Federal Housing programs preferred.

Post Conditional Offer Contingencies

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background and credit check. A Valid automobile driver’s license and driving record check required.

Resumes can be mailed to Westmoreland County Housing Authority, Attn: Linda Metz, 167 South Greengate Road, Greensburg, PA 15601; or emailed to lindam@wchaonline.com.

09/15/2021

PHFA Issues RFP for PHARE Funding to Support Local Housing Initiatives

Application deadline is November 19, 2021.

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) 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 $45 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.

“Over the past nine years, the PHARE program has grown to become one of our most successful programs for funding the preservation and addition of affordable housing in the commonwealth,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “Organizations in all 67 counties have been excellent partners for their use of PHARE dollars to effectively address local housing needs.”

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. 19.

PHFA is planning two, 90-minute informational webinars for organizations interested in applying for PHARE funds. Both webinars will cover the same information. Webinar dates and times are:

  • September 21 at 10 a.m.
  • September 28 at 2 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 7,200 individuals and families have received rental or utility assistance
  • More than 2,000 homes have been rehabilitated and preserved for continued use
  • More than 2,600 new rental units have been created
  • 180 new single-family homes have been constructed
  • 420 future home sites have been prepared through site acquisition and demolition
  • More than 250 new residents have received assistance to purchase their first home

PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $800 million investment in housing across Pennsylvania

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – SENIOR HOUSING PROPERTY MANAGER

Employment Opportunity – Senior Housing Property Manager

The Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (CCHRA) are seeking a full-time Property Manager for two Federal Senior Housing properties in Carlisle and Newville.

Responsibilities include all normal management duties such as lease-up, rent collections, rent calculations and on-going tenant related and reporting functions. Knowledge and experience in HUD Section 8/202 and USDA Rural Development or other subsidized housing programs is preferred. Experience in property management and fair housing, along with strong interpersonal and teamwork skills is desired. Minimum high school graduate is required, but an Associate’s Degree is preferred.  Computer and administrative skills are required and supervisory experience is preferred.  Must be capable of handling and taking decisive action in the event of emergencies.

Send resume to jalton@cchra.com. Click here for more details regarding a career at CCHRA. Deadline to apply is October 4, 2021.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

08/30/2021

PHFA Issues RFP to Fund Mixed-Use Development Projects

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has announced that the Community Revitalization Fund Program (CRFP) opened this morning and will close at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 5.

This program provides financing for the construction or rehabilitation of mixed-use developments providing affordable housing in commercial corridors across the Commonwealth.  Priority will be given to projects in third-class cities and smaller communities, but communities across the commonwealth are encouraged to apply.

The RFP can be found on the Agency’s website at the following link:  https://www.phfa.org/mhp/developers/loans.aspx.

Contact PHFA Policy Officer Shelby Rexrode srexrode@phfa.org or 717-780-1854 with any questions.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – CITY OF LANCASTER

The City of Lancaster is recruiting qualified candidates for the position of Bureau Chief – Property Management & Housing Inspections.

Click here to view additional details including position description, qualifications, compensation, benefits, and how to apply.  Application deadline is September 20, 2021.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

08/18/2021

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – HOUSING ALLIANCE OF PA

Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is currently accepting applications for a Government Relations and Advocacy Manager. See the full description below or on Idealist.

ABOUT THE HOUSING ALLIANCE:

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania is a statewide coalition dedicated to increasing access to safe, decent, and affordable homes. We organize, unify, and amplify the voices of people and organizations that recognize that every Pennsylvanian needs access to a safe, decent, and affordable home. We advocate for increased funding and improved state and federal public policy, promote solutions to take affordable housing strategies to greater scale, and convene our network to learn from each other and about new ways to address common challenges. Our network includes organizations on the front lines providing housing and supportive services to lower income families as well as people who have experienced housing instability and homelessness.

 

POSITION LOCATION

Willingness to work remotely and within geographic proximity to Harrisburg, PA preferred; Will also consider candidates that would prefer an office within geographic proximity to Harrisburg, within geographic proximity to the Housing Alliance’s Philadelphia office or anywhere in Pennsylvania.

ABOUT THE POSITION

This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate with a passion for increasing access to affordable housing for lower wage households. There is significant opportunity for growth as a government and public affairs professional with a highly respected and highly effective statewide nonprofit advocacy organization.

The Government Relations and Advocacy Manager will manage and implement the Housing Alliance’s efforts to educate state and federal policymakers on housing, homelessness, and community development. This position has a combined focus of building relationships and direct advocacy with state and federal legislators and their staff as well as building relationships and engaging with local partner organizations and people with lived experience to advance the organization’s policy agenda.

Responsibilities

EDUCATION & DIRECT ADVOCACY

  • Build relationships with state and federal legislators and their staff in support of the Housing Alliance policy and legislative agenda
    • Propose, schedule, and attend meetings with legislators and their staff at the state and federal levels to continuously promote legislative agenda and confirm actions legislators will take in support or opposition to legislation
    • Respond to requests from legislators, legislative staff, and other organizations regarding organizational position on legislative, budgetary, and regulatory issues
    • Plan local site visits / tours of programs for state and federal legislators and their staff in coordination with local partner agencies
  • Coordinate with other Housing Alliance staff to design materials, analysis, and talking points on various budgetary, legislative and regulatory state and federal policy proposals utilizing effective messaging on affordable housing and stories from organizations and people with lived experience to make the case for support
  • Build and maintain relationships with members of federal and state government agencies

GRASSROOTS AND GRASSTOPS ENGAGEMENT

  • Engage local organizations in target legislative districts in state and federal advocacy
  • Organize and oversee planning of Advocacy Days in Harrisburg and in Washington, DC; implement tasks, delegate, and supervise staff on all aspects of planning, including but not limited to, participant recruitment, event marketing, event agenda, and speaker and presenter confirmation
  • Plan local community events to engage individuals with lived experience and the organizations that serve them in state and federal advocacy efforts
  • Track engagement of local organizations and people with lived experience; with guidance and support from the Executive Director refine and / or develop new partner engagement strategies
  • Convene local partners in committees, working groups, and advisory councils

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

  • Build and maintain relationships with state and national organizations to collaborate on policy initiatives

POLICY & LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT, TRACKING & ANALYSIS

  • Update annual policy and legislative agenda; organize and coordinate obtaining partner and member input; perform research to inform legislative proposals
  • Propose, develop, and draft legislative proposals
  • Track and monitor state and federal legislation; prepare summaries and analyze legislation and regulations
  • Attend legislative hearings and committee meetings

EDUCATION & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Design and coordinate workshops during the organization’s annual conference
  • Prepare legislative reports internally for Housing Alliance staff, Board of Directors, and externally for public dissemination
  • Prepare regular communications and articles with legislative updates for dissemination through emails, the newsletter, the website, and other communication vehicles to educate membership and partners on legislative advances and opportunities
  • Create, finalize, and disseminate action alerts to request our network contact elected officials
  • Prepare information and talking points for outreach to the media

OTHER

  • Supervise staff and interns
  • Perform other duties as assigned including but not limited to drafting and editing grant proposals and reports

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of state public policy process and the Pennsylvania political landscape
  • Experience in political advocacy and sound political judgment
  • Comfort in working with individuals with various political beliefs and ideologies
  • Highly organized, analytical and detail oriented; proficient in setting and meeting deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; must be an effective public speaker, presenter, and communicator with diplomacy and tact
  • Ability to take complicated information and communicate it simply and clearly
  • Ability to work with groups and coalitions

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Law Degree or Masters Degree a plus but not required
  • One to three years of experience in government, politics or nonpartisan advocacy
  • One to three years of experience in the housing and / or homeless services and / or community development sector
  • Experience supervising and supporting staff
  • Travel is required; must possess a valid driver’s license

Compensation

  • Salary based on experience; Minimum salary of $55,000 plus generous benefits package

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume to careers@housingalliancepa.org with the subject line “Government Relations and Advocacy Manager.”

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status. Minorities, people with lived experience, disabilities, fluency in languages other than English and veterans, are strongly encouraged to apply.

08/11/2021

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – MULLIN & LONERGAN ASSOCIATES

M&L is expanding – again!  M&L Associates is looking for several highly motivated individuals for part-time contractual work at a Senior Project Manager level.  Working remotely is fine.  If the advertisement image does not appear below, follow this link for more details on how to apply.

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.