• State Data Overview

    Across Pennsylvania, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

    Renter households that are extremely low income
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Tori Bourret

    Tori Bourret

    202.662.1530 x244 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania

    309 Florence Avenue, #914N,

    Jenkintown, PA 19046

    P 215-576-7044

    F 215-887-8638

    Ms. Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director

    [email protected]

    Ms. Levana Layendecker, Deputy Director

    [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

    Become a Member
  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Tori Bourret with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Phyllis Chamberlain

    Executive Director

    Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania


    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Holly Glauser

    Director of Development

    Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency


    [email protected]

    State Entity Webpage

    Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency

    NHTF-specific page

    Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund (PHARE)

  • Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Pennsylvania (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Pennsylvania (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Pennsylvania and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Pennsylvania and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    AllentownAllentown recently set aside $400,000.00 to help low-income residents, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, pay rent. While the funds were made available on Friday, May 1st, the response was so "overwhelming," the program was closed after one day.
    PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Mayor Jim Kenney launched the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program that will help about 3,000 Philadelphia renters and, in turn, help landlords. Enough funding is available to serve at least 3,000 eligible households for three consecutive months.
    PittsburghThe Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh establishes a Housing Stabilization Fund to provide short-term assistance to workers who have experienced a reduction in hours and are facing a financial hardship to pay rent and utilities.
    York CountyTwo York County nonprofits received $56,000 grants to help families stay in their homes as they face the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

    In Dauphin County, Christian Churches United closed its emergency winter shelter early and will close its women’s shelter on Friday.

    Shelters in the Lehigh Valley are closed to newcomers.

    Philadelphia established a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which aims to provide rental assistance to 3,000 families in the city. The program will be funded by $10 million of federal relief funding. 

    An op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer examines why the city should create a jails-to-housing pipeline. The authors argue that a housing-first approach to COVID-19 would ensure that everyone who wants and needs housing would have access to it.

    Pennsylvania released new guidance for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, including a temporary suspension on evictions and foreclosures. The Department of Human Services is establishing a Sheltering Taskforce to provide services to people who are unable to self-isolate. Rental assistance is available through the Housing Assistance Program, and the Department of Community and Economic Development plans to issue multiple Emergency Solution Grants.

    The Community Action Agency of Delaware County will receive $300,000 to help people who have recently become homelessness find shelter in hotels for up to three months. These individuals may include patients released from medical facilities, people recently released from jail or prisons, survivors of domestic violence, or people living in homeless shelters who have tested positive for COVID-19.

    Montgomery County Commissioner Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr. announced that $30,000 is needed to provide shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness through mid-May. The county is seeking donations to meet this need.

    Families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia are struggling to find shelter even as hotel rooms in the city’s quarantine sites remain vacant. City officials reported that roughly two-thirds of the 150 rooms in the city-leased Holiday Inn were vacant last week. However, the facility does not admit families and only individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results are eligible to stay there.

    Kensington Avenue in Philadelphia has high rates of people experiencing homelessness as well as multiple other social needs. Community leaders are now struggling with how to provide support during the COVID-19 crisis, including searching for a location to house a 24-hour respite center, feeding sites and increased testing.