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Urban Affairs & Housing 2021-2022

The Urban Affairs & Housing Committee met on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to consider the bills below, all of which were reported out of committee unanimously:

SB 574 (Brewster): This bill would amend the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to allow counties to levy fees upon the purchase of tax delinquent or real estate owned properties and dedicate said fees into a fund used to support the demolition or rehabilitation of blighted properties. Reported out of committee with a unanimous vote.

SB 763 (Argall): This legislation amends the Tax Reform Code to fund the Pennsylvania low-income housing tax credit program, which has already been authorized by Act 107 of 2020 to become effective during the 2021-22 fiscal year. This program requires additional legislative action to authorize the availability of tax credits. This legislation will allow the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to administer $10M in state affordable housing tax credits annually. Reported out of committee with a unanimous vote.

HB 264 (Heffley): This bill amends the Real Estate Tax Sale Law to include additional registration and reporting requirements to ensure bidders are eligible to purchase property at a tax sale. Reported out of committee with a unanimous vote.

HB 827 (Gillespie): This bill would amend Title 74 (Taxation and Fiscal Affairs) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to establish microenterprise loan programs and allow for the abating of real property assessment. Said differently, this legislation would allow administrative entities to acquire and lease property in addition to providing financing and tax exemptions to small businesses. Reported out of committee with a unanimous vote.

The Senate Urban Affairs & Housing Committee met today, Monday, January 25, 2021, and voted on the following:

  • SB109 (Pittman) – Amending the Fiscal Code, Act 176 of 1929, to repeal provisions relating to the Mortgage and Rental Assistance Grant Program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).

The bill was reported out of committee with nine affirmative votes and one dissenting vote.