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February-2015 Newsletter – Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

Community Action Association of Pennsylvania

CAAP update – February 26, 2015

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Commission on Economic Opportunity: Foreclosure Diversionary Program – In 2010, at the height of the housing crisis, the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, in conjunction with the Commission on Economic Opportunity, adopted an administrative protocol establishing a Mortgage Foreclosure Diversionary Program.   Lenders filing a foreclosure action involving residential owner-occupied properties must file a copy of the Complaint with the Court. The Court then refers the homeowner to the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO), a Housing Counseling Agency certified by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Once the referral to the Counseling Agency is made, a Practice Order is issued by the Court requesting the lender not to proceed with foreclosure and to appoint a representative with the authority to make decisions to participate in mediation…The CEO handles approximately 55 cases each month with 5 Certified Housing Counselors.

ROMA Training Comes To Your Community – CAAP coordinates day-long ROMA sessions for Community Action Agency staff. There are two ways to access ROMA training. Training can be held at an onsite location of an agency's choosing or an agency's staff can attend a statewide training held twice a year in Harrisburg…

Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley: Press Conference – On February 18, the Better Choices for Pennsylvania Coalition held a press conference in the Capitol rotunda to announce their 19 recommendations for making Pennsylvania's tax system fairer. Our very own Alan Jennings, CEO of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, gave a rousing speech highlighting some of the coalition's tax system viewpoints.

Tri County Community Action: Poverty Simulation – On February 24th, attendees from the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities participated in a Poverty Simulation at their annual conference in Harrisburg. The Simulation was organized, hosted and facilitated by Tri County Community Action. The Simulation helped participants experience some of the challenges faced by low-income families in our communities and in many of their public housing facilities statewide…

CAAP Annual Conference: Registration Now Open!Register for two days of conference greatness! The conference is scheduled for April 22-23, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA – conference agenda and workshop course descriptions.

Those VISTAs Sure Stay Busy – See newsletter for brief descriptions of the work being carried out by five VISTAs placed with CAAs and other agencies in Pennsylvania.

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