Advocacy Resources

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.

The document is timely as the housing market begins to make a comeback simultaneous with a greater need for affordable housing due to continuing economic conditions and evolving demographic changes.  As an example, over a third of all home owners with a mortgage and over half of all renters are housing cost burdened, that is, they are paying more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs.  These numbers actually increased between 2007 and 2010.  In addition, approximately 38% of all county residents earn 80% or less than the county median income and that number is expected to rise according to American Community Survey estimates.

Lancaster County is blessed with some of the most knowledgeable, caring and competent affordable housing development and management companies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Housing built and managed by any of the non-profit and/or private developers are true assets to the communities in which they are built and maintained and the residents who live within them.

Strategies for Increasing Housing Affordability is a follow up to a previously released document, An Analysis of Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability, also a collaborative effort between the two agencies that was published in 2010.  The “Regulatory Barriers” document investigated a variety of potential impediments to housing affordability and recommended follow-up study and the development of specific recommendations to assist municipalities.  In late 2010, a Housing Affordability Task Force was pulled together consisting of several community leaders in several disciplines related to housing…from its design, approval and construction.  Principal author of the document was Emma Hamme, a LCPC Senior Planner with Ray D’Agostino, Executive Director of LHOP chairing the H.A.T. Force.

Individual presentations to various municipalities, groups and organizations can be made upon request to either Emma Hamme of LCPC or Ray D’Agostino of LHOP.

barriers1aAnalysis of Regulatory Barriers to Housing Affordability

As a result of the 2006 Housing Summit, private sector, public and non-profit leaders called for a deeper investigation of the impediments to housing affordability in Lancaster County. This document provides an understanding of the need for affordable housing, an overview of housing development regulations and an analysis of land use issues which affect housing type construction and affordability.

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strategies5Strategies for Increasing Housing Affordability

Strategies for Increasing Housing Affordability is a follow up to the previously released document, An Analysis of Regulatory Barriers to 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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As a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, LHOP relies on contributions from the community to provide the services and programs for the benefit of Lancaster County residents. As we like to say here at LHOP…”good housing is the foundation of a great community.” Please consider providing a tax deductible contribution to partner with us in building this strong foundation.

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Street Address:
123 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602

Phone/Fax:
(717) 291-9945
(717) 299-7840 for Fair Housing Center
(717) 291-9850 Fax

LHOP is a proud member of:
The Building Industry Association of Lancaster County
The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania
The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry
National Fair Housing Alliance