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News/ Hurricane Relief

Hurricane Relief Efforts

Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Maria have caused devastation throughout Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and across the Caribbean.  In an effort to spread support for those affected by these storms HHA encourages its residents, staff and partners to please take the time to learn more about the response efforts provided by the agencies listed below.
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One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief
The One America Appeal is a joint appeal that was originally launched by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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For more information and to make a donation click Here
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Direct  Relief
Direct Relief ranks No. 1 on Charity Navigator’s 2017 list of top-rated charities, measured by financial performance, accountability, and transparency.  Direct Relief has focused efforts that allow individual donation to those affected by Hurricane Irma, Harvey and Maria. 
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For more information and to make a donation click Here
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Americares
Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Americares relief workers continue to assist the Hurricane Maria and Irma relief efforts in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and South Florida, as well as provide assistance to communities in southeast Texas recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
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For more information and to make a donation click Here
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SPACE
SPACE
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SPACE
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Assessment of Fair Housing Plan

City of Harrisburg & Harrisburg Housing Authority
In 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a revised legal requirement that federal agencies and federal grantees further the purpose of the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act aims to protect buyers and renters from seller or landlord discrimination. This obligation to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH) has been a requirement of the Fair Housing Act since 1968. The 2015 revision requires cities and public housing authorities that receive federal funding including the city of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Housing Authority (HHA) to reexamine housing patterns and determine bias in these patterns. 
The City of Harrisburg and HHA are required under the Fair Housing Act to take meaningful actions to combat discrimination that overcomes patterns of segregation and fosters inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics. According to the ACT, “affirmatively furthering fair housing means taking meaningful actions that, taken together, address significant disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity, replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns, transforming racially and ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity, and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. The duty to affirmatively further fair housing extends to all of a program participant’s activities and programs relating to housing and urban development.” 
For purposes of the rule, meaningful actions “means significant actions that are designed and can be reasonably expected to achieve a material positive change that affirmatively furthers fair housing by, for example, increasing fair housing choice or decreasing disparities in access to opportunity.”
In response to the AFFH rule, the City of Harrisburg and HHA are collaborating to produce a joint Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) Plan. The Plan will be designed to provide meaningful goals and strategies that can be reasonably expected to achieve a material positive change in disparities in housing needs and in access to opportunity; replacing segregated living patterns with truly integrated and balanced living patterns; transforming racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty into areas of opportunity; and fostering and maintaining compliance with civil rights and fair housing laws. To help the City and HHA develop informed goals and strategies to affirmatively further fair housing, HUD has made public maps and data available online here
How Can I Contribute?
The AFH process includes soliciting the opinions of people throughout the City, as well as those involved in the housing industry, including renters and homeowners. The City and HHA have developed a survey and will hold Community Meetings to solicit feedback regarding its AFH plan. 
The survey was developed to allow resident and stakeholders the opportunity to provide opinions and experiences regarding housing and other neighborhood issues – schools, jobs, transportation, services and more. All surveys must be received by the City no later than August 31, 2017. Surveys can be found in English here or in Spanish here. Paper copies can be found at:
HELP Ministries - 413 S 19th St, Harrisburg, PA 17104
Harrisburg Fair Housing Council - 2100 N 6th St, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Please check back for updated information on community participation and stakeholder meeting dates and times.  
Please contact Romulus Brown at rwbron@harrisburgpa.gov or 717-255-6402 for further assistance. 

 

Disaster Relief:

In the case of a natural disaster, many of Harrisburg's residents, including Harrisburg Housing Authority(HHA) program participants, may be negatively impacted.  In the event of a natural disaster, HHA will work diligently to uncover any damage sustained by HHA's participants and asks that anyone who needs assistance or has information concerning others that may need assistance, to use the contact information below.  it is very important to report any known property damage or health concerns immediately.  We thank you for your assistance and concern.

Helpful Resources: 

 Emergency Preparedness Guide

PPL Electricity Power Outage Issue Message

PA Disaster Recovery Information Website

FEMA Housing Portal For Displaced Individuals