CDC Eviction Moratorium Declaration Form Available in Multiple Languages

Versions of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium “declaration” form in nine languages is currently available on NLIHC’s National Moratorium webpage. Tenants must provide a declaration to their landlord to avoid being evicted for being unable to pay the rent. The moratorium expires on December 31, 2020. Please share the translations of the declaration form widely so that as many people as possible can be protected from eviction. Check NLIHC’s National Moratorium webpage periodically, as additional languages might be added.

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PHFA accepting bids for purchase of Mixed-Use Development Tax Credits

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency announced today that it is accepting bids for the purchase of $3 million in Mixed-Use Development Tax Credits. The funds collected from successful bidders will be used for the construction or rehabilitation of mixed-use developments in Pennsylvania communities.  The deadline for bids is 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30.

 

These tax credits will be used by the winning bidders – which can be companies, organizations or individuals – to reduce their state tax liability. The intent of the bidding process is to raise as much funding as possible from the $3 million in tax credits being made available to provide for a significant investment in community revitalization projects in various communities. The projects to receive this funding will be selected during a competitive Request for Proposals process later this year.

 

This new tax credit program was created as part of the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2016/2017 budget (implemented July 1, 2017), and PHFA was directed to administer the credit. PHFA was authorized to sell these tax credits through directed or negotiated sale to any qualified taxpayer. It is expected that the tax credit awards will be made within 90 days after bidding closes.  The credit awards will be made in 2020, but they are not effective for utilization until 2021 against a 2020 tax liability.

 

“Tax credit programs have proven their value by drawing on the strengths of both the public and private sectors and leveraging those strengths,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “During the last two years, we have used the funding provided by this tax credit program to support the construction of mixed-use developments that have benefited local communities. Those projects would not have happened without the investment made possible by these tax credits.”

 

More information about the Mixed-Use Development Tax Credit and the current bidding process is available on the PHFA website at: www.phfa.org/mhp/developers/loans.aspx (scroll down).  Program guidelines and bid criteria are posted there. Interested organizations can learn more by contacting Bryce Maretzki at PHFA at (717) 780-1867 or by email at bmaretzki@phfa.org.

 

About PHFA

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $14.8 billion of funding for more than 179,850 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 136,215 rental units, distributed more than $109.2 million to support local housing initiatives, and saved the homes of more than 50,300 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.

 

Media contact:

Scott Elliott

717-649-6522 (cell)

selliott@PHFA.org

PHARE RFP Now Available

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals 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 $41 million.
PHARE receives its funding from a number of sources. These include 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.
“The PHARE program has been providing much needed funding for local housing initiatives for the past eight years,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Robin Wiessmann. “It is today more clear than ever that affordable housing is critical for people to be successful in life, and PHARE has proven to be a tremendous tool for helping counties improve their housing resources for local residents.”
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 www.phfa.org, and the application is accessible at https://phare.phfa.org/. Applications are due to PHFA no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020.
PHFA is planning two informational webinars for groups interested in applying for PHARE funds. Both webinars will cover the same information.
Webinar dates and times are September 23 at 10 am and September 29 at 1pm. Interested groups are encouraged to watch the PHARE webpage for links to be posted for webinar registration.
The PHARE webpage is available on the PHFA website at: https://phare.phfa.org/. Questions also may be directed to Bryce Maretzki at PHFA via email at bmaretzki@phfa.org.
The PHARE fund has been allocating money for local housing initiatives since 2012. These funds have resulted in significant benefits that include:
  • More than 7,000 individuals and families have received rental or utility assistance
  • Over 2,000 homes have been rehabilitated and preserved for continued use
  • More than 2,500 new rental units have been created
  • 175 new single-family homes have been constructed
  • 400 future home sites have been prepared through site acquisition and demolition
  • Over 200 new residents have received assistance to purchase their first home
  • PHARE funds have been used to leverage an additional $700 million investment in housing in Pennsylvania​
__________________________________ Clay Lambert Business Policy Officer II Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency www.phfa.org