Pennsylvania’s residents are increasingly facing housing affordability challenges, as are residents across the country. Housing costs are rising faster than wages. Many areas of the Commonwealth are not seeing enough new housing being constructed to meet the growing need, while other areas are experiencing little new housing construction and high rates of old housing stock in need of long deferred repairs and updates. There is not one county in Pennsylvania where a fulltime worker receiving minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009, can enable them to rent a typical one-bedroom apartment.
This report was created by the Pennsylvania State Planning Board at the direction of the Governor’s Office. An Ad Hoc committee on Inclusionary Zoning and Affordable Housing was created for the completion of this project. This committee was chair by board member David W. Feldman and the project was managed by Tree L. Zuzzio of DCED.