- 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.KeyFacts443,205Or28%Renter households that are extremely low income$25,100Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)-276,250Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters$40,250Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.70%Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
- State Level Partners
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]
- Housing Trust FundHTF 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.Current Year HTF Allocation
$6,879,626HTF State Resources
2019 Draft PHARE Plan (PDF)
2019 Final PHARE Plan (PDF)
PHARE RFP (PDF)
PHARE FAQs (PDF)
2018 PHARE RFP (PDF)
2018 PHARE Plan (PDF)
PHARE Fund Reservations (PDF)
PHARE project summaries (PDF)
2017 PHARE RFP (PDF)
Draft HTF Allocation Plan, starting on page 183 of draft Annual Action Plan (PDF)
2016 RFP (PDF)State Designated Entity:
Director of Development
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
State Entity Webpage
NHTF-specific page11 MB
State Housing Profile
Congressional District Housing Profile
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
The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes
- Take Action
- COVID-19 ResourcesCOVID-19 Resources
Allentown Allentown 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. https://tinyurl.com/ybusbdap Philadelphia Philadelphia 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. https://tinyurl.com/y8bd3zqh Pittsburgh The 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. https://tinyurl.com/ycawkflf York County Two 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. https://tinyurl.com/y93vo63k
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.