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Whole-Home Repairs Wins With $125 Million in Pennsylvania Budget

  • 1.  Whole-Home Repairs Wins With $125 Million in Pennsylvania Budget

    BPA Staff Member
    Posted 07-13-2022 09:00
    Senator Nikil Saval, who created the Whole-Home Repairs Program,
    speaks to a crowd gathered at the launch of the campaign to pass it in his home
    district in Philadelphia in March 2022.

    Last week, State Senator Nikil Saval (D–Philadelphia) announced a $125-million appropriation in Pennsylvania's 2022–2023 budget to establish his groundbreaking Whole-Home Repairs Program. He issued the following statement:

    "Every person has a right to a home that is safe-a home that is healthy. But right now, across our Commonwealth, hundreds of thousands of households are denied this right simply because they don't have access to the resources they need to repair their homes.

    "For decades, urban, suburban, and rural communities alike have suffered from disinvestment from their government at all levels. The creation of the Whole-Home Repairs Program in this year's budget changes that.

    "This is a hard-fought victory for every Pennsylvanian who is struggling to stay in their home. This program is a direct investment in our people and our communities, whose needs have been ignored, and whose voices have gone unheard. At this time of protracted hardship across the Commonwealth, we have seized a historic opportunity to move the needle on our housing crisis-permanently.

    "What we have done sets a new standard. Today we have a program to preserve housing across the Commonwealth, to stabilize our communities, to prevent blight and abandonment and displacement, to build a skilled workforce to keep our state at the forefront of the industries of the future, and to protect the place that is most dear to all of us: home. I'm committed to fighting for every household to have what they need to make their home whole.

    "The United States needs a model for how to preserve its aging housing stock and create new jobs, and with the Whole-Home Repairs Program, Pennsylvania has positioned itself as a leader."

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    Macie Melendez
    Editor in Chief, Building Performance eJournal
    Building Performance Association
    Moon Township PA
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