A healthy and vibrant community ensuring housing choices for everyone.
To cultivate partnerships and resources to increase the availability of quality, fair and affordable housing throughout Lancaster County.
Founded in 1994, the Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership (LHOP) is a community benefit 501(c)(3) organization created by county and municipal government, business and civic leaders focused housing affordability for low to moderate income people living and working in Lancaster County.
We believe that all families deserve a quality, affordable home, either to purchase or rent. Lancaster County needs to provide residents with a continuum of choices that includes a wide variety of housing sizes, types, locations and prices. As a U.S. Treasury certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving Lancaster County, we are dedicated to providing a full range of technical and financial services to those seeking to create or preserve affordable housing.
LHOP is the community advocate and resource center for fair and affordable housing information, ideas, insights and solutions. We are able to help residents, builders, developers, lenders, real estate agents, and municipal officials turn the dream of a quality home into reality for individuals and families throughout Lancaster County. Products and services offered by LHOP include:
- Community Home Buyer Program – Provides home ownership and financial education for all Lancaster County residents and a source of home purchase financing assistance for low to moderate income individuals and families. The program is certified by HUD, PHFA, USDA and FHA. Impact: provided home buyer education to over 9,000 people and $9 million in down payment assistance (leveraging hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgages) to over 1,800 LMI first-time home buyers.
- Housing Resource Center – Provides education, tools and technical assistance to the community on a wide range of housing issues and laws. We maintain an Affordable Housing Search database and provide housing search function for County Community Homeless Assessment and Referral Team Impact: greater knowledge of rights and responsibilities in such housing laws reduces friction and time consuming and financially costly complaints are avoided or mediated and county residents, particularly those experiencing homelessness are assisted in finding affordable housing.
- Affordable Housing Development / Acquisition, Rehab & Resale – Provides developers and existing owners of affordable housing (non-profit or for-profit) and/or mixed-use properties with low cost, flexible capital to be used to finance site acquisition, pre-development, construction, rehabilitation and/or preservation costs. Purchase and rehabilitation of dilapidated housing into quality affordable housing. Impact: assisted in the creation or preservation of over 675 units of affordable housing in Lancaster County by providing approximately $3,700,000 in loans and purchasing blighted properties to transform lives and neighborhoods.
- Community Outreach and Advocacy – Often, the conditions are not ripe for the creation of affordable housing; there are barriers. Over the years, the organization has advocated for the reduction of barriers to affordable housing, whether in the realm of public opinion or in land use regulations. LHOP is the only organization dedicated to such activity in Lancaster County. Impact: facilitated county Housing Studies and Summits, public service television videos, reports, editorials, legislative testimony, brochures and targeted research has been provided in the effort of reducing barriers to affordable housing.