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Housing Programs

Funding for these programs comes from a number of sources, including the sale of the Agency's securities to private investors throughout the nation, program fees, State and Federal programs, and investment earnings. PHFA's expenses are paid for by fee and investment income. A substantial part of the Agency's investment earnings is used to subsidize the housing programs.

Homeownership Programs

PHFA offers a number of opportunities for Pennsylvania families to buy homes of their own. Qualification factors vary among programs and, in some cases, from county–to–county. All PHFA homeownership programs are available to persons with disabilities.

Homeowners' Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program (HEMAP)

Foreclosure Prevention: HEMAP provides short-term, temporary funding to cure loan delinquencies, by providing mortgage payments to lenders on behalf of qualifying homeowners for up to 24/36 months. Recipients must meet eligibility guidelines defined in state law (35 P.S. Section 1680.401 et seq, as amended). Repayment of assistance is required.

Rental Housing Development

Programs to finance rental housing offer project sponsors construction and/or permanent financing from a wide variety of sources:  federal HOME dollars, the allocation of housing tax credits, and allocation of private activity bond cap for qualified residential rental facilities. Restrictions and application deadlines vary among programs.

PENNVEST Homeowner Septic Program

This program provides up to $25,000 for 20-year, very low interest rate loans to homeowners for the repair or upgrade of malfunctioning on-lot septic systems. These loans are insured under the FHA Title I Home Improvement Loan Program.