The Jim Shultz House to Home Fund is Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership’s (LHOP) way to pay tribute to Jim Shultz for his lifetime of work and achievements in community development and creating affordable housing. Jim is one of the founders of LHOP and has served on its Board of Directors, Executive Committee and staff throughout its 23-year history
Jim’s passion for our community and the fundamental right of decent affordable housing is evident through his legacy of commitment and leadership. Most notably, he served as Deputy Secretary for the PA Department of Community Affairs where he was responsible for shepherding legislation that created the PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Jim also served as President of the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) and as an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College.
As a native Lancastrian, Jim’s passion for his community is evident in his most recent work in leading housing and neighborhood revitalization efforts in southwest Lancaster (SoWe) and Columbia Borough. Resident driven empowerment is leading to positive change in SoWe and Jim has championed resource building for implementing revitalization efforts.
The Shultz Fund at LHOP will continue building upon Jim’s legacy by providing flexible, low interest loans to for-profit and non-profit groups for the purchase, rehab, and resale of single-family houses for home ownership to low-to-moderate income households. Such capital is not available through typical financial institutions.
The Jim Shultz House to Home Fund will:
- Reduce blight and increase the stability and growth of neighborhoods
- Increase the supply of decent affordable housing
- Offer families the opportunity to build wealth through homeownership.