RHLS Founding Member of Pennsylvania Works! – Coalition working to help build green economy

A coalition of environmental, conservation, preservation, housing, and research groups, along with elected officials, held a press conference on March 24, 2009 in Harrisburg to outline their proposals to build jobs and promote great and green communities and government accountability.

The campaign, Pennsylvania Works!, will work to create public policy that puts Pennsylvanians to work and builds a resilient, robust and green economy for all. Founding partners of Pennsylvania Works! include Citizens for Pennsylvania`s Future (PennFuture), 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Alliance, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, Keystone Research Center, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, PennEnvironment, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Preservation Pennsylvania, and Regional Housing Legal Services.

Read more: “Coalition Unveils Campaign to Ensure Pennsylvania Works! for All” Business Wire, Mar 24, 2009




RHLS Receives $75,000 from National Penn Bank through PA’s Neighborhood Assistance Program


National Penn Bank recently announced an award of $75,000 in corporate support to Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) through the State’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP). The funds from National Penn will support affordable housing developments, neighborhood revitalization and economic development through nonprofit community-based organizations in Chester, Bucks and Montgomery.

At the recent check presentation and award announcement last week (L to R) RHLS Chief Counsel Mark Levin, RHLS Executive Director Mark Schwartz, National Penn Community Reinvestment Officer Sharon McMichael and Deputy Secretary of PA Department of Community and Economic Development Ken Klothen and PA Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Brian Hudson.

Article: Neighborhood Assistance Program Helps Companies Support Community Development

Kristina Klugar, RHLS Policy Director, published an article discussing Pennsylvania’s Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and highlighting the important role RHLS played in helping to revive this tax credit program.

The article is titled “TaxCredits Offer Law Firms & Companies Incentive to Support Revitalization Efforts” and was published in the The Philadelphia Lawyer in its Winter 2007 issue.



Article: RHLS Helps Neighborhood-Based Revitalization Efforts

Kristina Klugar, RHLS Policy Director, has written an article describing the work RHLS does to support community-based organizations working to revitalize their neighborhoods, profiling redevelopment efforts in Clairton, PA. The article is titled “Legal Services Lawyers Support Community-Based Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts” and was published in The Journal of the Allegheny County Bar Association on June 8, 2007.