June 15th, 2015: Every Pennsylvanian needs a home within their reach.
The PA Housing Trust Fund provides funding for homeowner repairs, rental assistance, housing construction, and other projects to communities and individuals in need. To date, it has funneled $26 million helping 2,800 households. However, it is only available in 37 of Pennsylvania’s counties.
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has unanimously passed HB 792, which would expand the Fund to all Pennsylvania counties without raising taxes. Now, the bill moves to the Senate. It is critical that senators act quickly so that Pennsylvanians in need can benefit this year.
In a recent Housing Alliance study Pittsburgh has a shortage of 21,000 homes that are affordable for low income families. At Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh we see this need daily. As a nonprofit dedicated to building and repairing homes for local families we struggle to fund enough projects to meet this overwhelming need. Currently, we have over 500 families on our waiting list. With the expansion of the Fund Habitat would be able to renovate more homes and strengthen our region’s neighborhoods.
That’s why I’m asking Senator Costa to allow our neighbors to receive the assistance they need by ensuring that House Bill 792 or the Senate’s SB 566, reaches the floor for a vote. I urge him to vote ‘yes’ like his colleagues in the House. Please do the same if you agree.
Follow this link for an easy way to urge your senator to vote yes on this bill!
-Derek Morris, Volunteer Coordinator