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The most comprehensive look at housing in Lancaster County has been completed and is now available to the public.

The Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP), with assistance from the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC), hired the team of Zimmerman/Volk Associates, Sarcinello Planning & GIS and Thomas Comitta Associates to complete the Lancaster County Housing Market Analysis and Needs Study.

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LHOP Announces Affordable Housing Awareness High School Scholarship Competition

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The Fair Housing Center at LHOP has released the latest edition of the Tenant/Landlord Rights & Responsibilities manual

Affectionately known as 'The Purple Book' this manual is the gold standard for rental information in Lancaster County. This edition is dedicated to the memory of Michael & Ellen Mastros who contributed to the editing of the manual. Organizations wishing to place an order for manuals may do so by calling 717-291-9945, Ext. 0 or by emailing info@lhop.org."

LHOP expands housing opportunities

...to residents throughout Lancaster County including the City of Lancaster. We accomplish this through Education of our neighbors and community leaders in home ownership, fair housing and development practices; Advocacy for model housing affordability practices and policies; and Coordination of resources and initiatives such as the Community Home Buyer Program, Fair Housing Center, Affordable Housing Outreach and Development Loan Program.

We encourage you to explore our website to become familiar with the programs and services available through LHOP. Thank you for visiting.

News & Events

  • LHOP RECEIVES HIGH FOUNDATION GRANT

    March 31, 2014 - The S. Dale High Family Foundation has awarded the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) a $10,000 grant as capital for its affordable housing revolving loan fund.

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  • JOINING FORCES


    February 6, 2014 - The Building Industry Association of Lancaster County (BIA), Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP), and IMPACT! Missions are joining forces on a cooperative endeavor to breathe new life into a Lancaster city neighborhood and property.

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  • LHOP UNDERTAKES REHABILITION PROJECT

    September 3, 2013 - a partnership effort between Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership and IMPACT! Missions begins to rehabilitate a house at 23 W. Strawberry St.

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  • AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY LHOP

    June 6, 2013 - LHOP has announced the winners of its first Affordable Housing Awareness Scholarship competition. First place and a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Tyler Spangenburg of Warwick High School. Second place and a $500 scholarship was awarded to Ian Severson of Manheim Township High School. Honorable mention was awarded to Marketta Ross of JP McCaskey High School

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  • LHOP WELCOMES NORTHWEST SAVINGS BANK

    April 29, 2013 - LHOP announces the addition of Northwest Savings Bank as a Partner Lender in their Community Home Buyer Program.

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  • UNION COMMUNITY BANK WELCOMED AS A NEW PARTNER LENDER BY LHOP

    Our participation with LHOP goes beyond our traditional investments because it greatly expands the American Dream of a Home of one's own." William G. Coyne, Vice President Mortgage Originations Union Community Bank.

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  • LHOP ANNOUNCES $1,500 HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE NEEDS AND BENEFITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING

    High school seniors in Lancaster County intending to attend a post-secondary education institution may submit an application and either an essay or video. Two scholarships are available; a top prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $500.

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  • FAIR HOUSING CENTER AT LHOP PARTNERS WITH STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES TO EDUCATE INDIVIDUALS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

    The Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership's (LHOP) Fair Housing Center today announces its partnership with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) to educate residents of Lancaster County in the areas of fair housing, home ownership and tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities..

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  • LHOP RECEIVES PNC GRANT

    PNC Bank has awarded LHOP a $5,000 grant to assist in the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership's (LHOP) capacity building work as an emerging Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

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  • LHOP Receives Community Foundation Funding Award

    The Lancaster County Community Foundation recently announced the awarding of over $830,000 of grant funds to several community organizations within the County. LHOP is pleased to be partnering with the Foundation with its award of $100,000 from their Long Term Creative Solutions Matching Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to "invest in creative solutions to benefit low-income residents in the School District of Lancaster and Columbia Borough School District."

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  • 2nd Landlord Forum!

    Landlords: Consider joining the Fair Housing Center for its '2nd Landlord Forum - Common Questions Covered' to be held on 12/12/12 at the Farm & Home Center. The event is free, yet registration is required. The last Forum was attended by over 100 landlords and had an extensive waiting list. To ensure your spot at this important event, please RSVP today.

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  • Fair Housing Center at LHOP partners with state & federal agencies to educate individuals with limited English proficiency.

    LHOP's Fair Housing Center announces its partnership with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) to educate individuals with limited English proficiency in Lancaster County in the areas of fair housing, home ownership and tenant/landlord rights and responsibilities. Funded by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), administered by PHRC and executed by LHOP, this year-long grant will result in equal access to housing opportunities and resources for all Lancastrians.

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  • FAIR HOUSING CENTER and partners offer free training for recipients of Federal funds.

    The Fair Housing Center at Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership is proud to partner with Lutheran Children and Family Service and the Fair Housing Council of Suburban Philadelphia by sponsoring a free training for recipients of federal funds. The training will take place on November 14, 2012 at the Lancaster County Government Center and will highlight the unique issues involved in serving communities and consumers with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and guidance for HUD-funded housing programs.

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  • LANCASTER HOUSING OPPORTUNITY PARTNERSHIP RECEIVES US TREASURY GRANT

    August 15, 2012: The Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) announced today that it was awarded a $78,500 Technical Assistance grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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  • The Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC) and Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) are pleased to announce the publishing of a new resource entitled Strategies for Increasing Housing Affordability.

    The document provides incentives and recommendations to both increase housing affordability and the supply of affordable housing.  Readers will find specific ordinance language that will encourage the production of affordable housing as well as innovative, but tested, zoning language that streamlines the conditional use process by integrating pertinent subdivision / land development and zoning requirements into a more seamless process.

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  • Congratulations to the YWCA Lancaster on making the dream of permanent affordable housing a reality for women experiencing homelessness…

    The YWCA Lancaster has a long history, since 1889, of providing services including transitional housing to women in Lancaster County. The YWCA recently completed the renovation of 12 transitional housing rooms into permanent single room apartments. LHOP is proud to have played a part in this important project by providing a low interest loan to complete the funding package for the work. The provision of these affordable apartments furthers the County's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Thank you YWCA Lancaster for your commitment to safe and decent affordable housing!

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  • SACA Construction Loan

    LHOP is providing a construction loan to the SACA Development Corp. (SACADC) to rehabilitate the property at 141 Church Street in the City of Lancaster.  This former 2-unit apartment building has been vacant for approximately three years and is being converted by SACADC into a single family home that will be sold to an income-qualified purchaser.  Demolition has been completed and rough electrical wiring and plumbing is being installed.  It is anticipated that SACADC's construction work will be completed by September.   LHOP is very excited to be partnering with SACADC to remove this blighted property on Church Street and to assist an income-qualified homeowner to purchase this property.


  • Risk Management for Landlords

    On May 24, 2012 The FAIR HOUSING CENTER at LHOP had an overwhelming attendance and response to their first LANDLORD FORUM, "RISK MANAGEMENT FOR LANDLORDS"! Over 120 attendees were able to network with fellow landlords and came away with information on how to protect their investments with an overview of federal and Pennsylvania landlord-tenant laws. Read More

  • Housing Development Finance Professional Certification Earned

    On February 1, 2012 Ray D'Agostino, Executive Director of the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) located in Lancaster, PA, received certification as a Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC). HDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC's intensive housing development finance training series.

  • "Rolling up his Sleeves"

    Jim Shultz was recently named as LHOP's Project Development Director. Jim is a founding member of LHOP, having played a key role in the organization's creation. He served on the Board of Directors during LHOP's 18-year history and now steps down as a board member, "rolling up his sleeves" to assist the organization in developing new programs, as well as lending, funding and investment strategies for the benefit of increasing fair and affordable housing throughout Lancaster County. Jim is also an adjunct professor at F&M College, a former deputy secretary of the PA Department of Community Affairs and president of Housing Development Corporation. Jim is also finishing up work as a project manager for Lancaster based Charter Homes as he comes on board LHOP.