Everyone deserves a place called home, but sometimes, because of barriers, it can be difficult to secure one. Using partnerships with landlords and service providers, LHOP helps the community through a variety of programs designed to assist individuals with barriers to housing.
The Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (“811 Program”) provides project-based rental assistance for eligible tenants. This program is administered through a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Department of Human Service, the Self-Determination in Housing Project of PA, and Lead Local Agencies throughout Pennsylvania.
The Community Rental Equity Fund (CREF), is a referral-based security deposit waiver program that seeks to establish effective partnerships with tenants, landlords, and service providers. LHOP staff works with service provides to address the barriers faced by their client, then aids in negotiations with landlords by protecting the landlord’s investment up to 2.5 times the security deposit amount; the ultimate win-win scenario.
RAC is a renter education certification course that will increase the renter’s knowledge of the landlord-tenant relationship, making them well-informed and one that any landlord would want as a tenant. This class will provide an interactive, in-depth look at what is needed to be a successful renter and will empower participants with the skills to navigate the rental application process.
Need information on specific subjects? Check out our resources for more information on forms and documents helpful to your clients.
Looking for housing for a client? Visit our Rental Housing Search Engine research what housing affordable housing options exist throughout the county.
LHOP has many fair housing workshops designed to help you advocate for your clients. The workshops are presented by Fair Housing Specialists certified by the National Center for Housing Management. The Housing Equality and Equity at LHOP can provide workshop for groups from 2 to 200.
Did you know that there exist federal protections against discrimination in housing?
Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 is otherwise known as the Fair Housing Act. It states that you cannot be discriminated against in any type of housing related transaction because of your race, gender, religion, national origin or color. This act was amended in 1988 to include familial status (i.e. the presence of children under the age of 18 in a family) and handicap.
The Housing Equality and Equity Institute at LHOP, provides technical assistance for individuals that believe they have been discriminated against in the process of renting, buying or financing a home. If you would like to find out more please call 717-291-9945 ext. 3 or fill out the form below and someone from our team will contact you by phone or email.