Yearly Archives: 2014

Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities Earns Bank, Mortgage Supervision Reaccreditations

The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) and the American Association of Residential Mortgage Regulators (AARMR) announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities has received certificates of accreditation, certifying that the Department maintains the highest standards and practices in state banking supervision, as set forth by the CSBS Bank Accreditation Program, and mortgage supervision, as set forth by the AARMR/CSBS Mortgage Accreditation Program

Summer Food Service Program Offers Healthy Meals and Activities

This Philadelphia Housing Authority's (PHA) Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will offer comprehensive summer youth enrichment activities in addition to breakfast and lunch for needy children this year

Pennsylvania Home Builder Settles FTC Charges of Deceptive Mortgage Advertising

A Pennsylvania-based home builder that offers home financing has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers by advertising low-cost mortgages while hiding fees and not disclosing vital information about the true cost of the mortgages. “These defendants tricked consumers into believing they’d found an affordable mortgage with very favorable terms,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The FTC is committed to holding mortgage advertisers accountable.

Governor Corbett Announces Grant Award to Help Cumberland County Residents with Permanent Physical Disabilities...

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the Cumberland County Housing and Redevelopment Authorities a $132,000 Keystone Communities Accessible Housing grant that will help county residents living with permanent physical disabilities make necessary modifications to remain in their homes.

Local Congressmen Announce New Federal Aid for Rebuilding Water and Sewer Infrastructure

U.S. Representatives Tim Murphy (PA-18) and Mike Doyle (PA-14) announced today that the water resources legislation Congress is about to enact includes a new financing option for water and wastewater infrastructure in the final version of the bill.

PA Treasury Works to Reunite Law Enforcement Units with Nearly $135,000 in Unclaimed Property...

The Pennsylvania Treasury currently holds nearly $135,000 in unclaimed property belonging to law enforcement units, and during National Police Week, State Treasurer Rob McCord urged police departments and offices to visit to find out if any belongs to them

During National Hospital Week, Treasurer McCord Highlights Nearly $2 Million in Unclaimed Property up...

This National Hospital Week, State Treasurer Rob McCord highlighted nearly $2 million in unclaimed property his department currently holds for hospitals, clinics and medical care facilities. These funds, like all of the $2.2 billion in unclaimed property Treasury holds, are available for search and claim at

Perry Joins Farmers, Builders and Small-Business Owners to Raise Concern Over New Regulation

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry will be joined by local job creators to highlight concerns regarding a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could dramatically expand the government’s authority to regulate ponds, ditches, and other wet areas. Congressman Perry took part in a hearing on this issue earlier this month

PA Treasurer McCord Highlights $139,000 in Unclaimed Property Owed to Libraries, Bookstores and Literacy...

This National Library Week, State Treasurer Rob McCord reminded libraries, book stores and literacy organizations that there is more than $139,000 in unclaimed property up for claim in Treasury’s free

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Governor Corbett Announces Grant to Support Redevelopment; Eliminate Blighted Property in Northumberland County

Governor Tom Corbett today announced that the Department of Community and Economic Development awarded the Housing Authority of Northumberland County a $500,000 Keystone Communities grant in an effort to eliminate blighted property in the county.

Pennsylvania housing market declines slightly in first quarter

The Pennsylvania housing market got off to a slow start in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®

Treasurer McCord Helps Launch National Home Energy Loan Partnership

Pennsylvania State Treasurer Rob McCord, along with businesses and organizations from the public and private sectors, announced today the creation of a groundbreaking national partnership to bring low-cost financing on a large scale to home energy efficiency improvement

PHA Seeks Proposals for Housing Veterans

The Philadelphia Housing Authority wants to add Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) to its portfolio to expand housing opportunities for homeless veterans.

Sen. Blake, State Housing Experts Gather to Tackle Affordable Housing Crisis

With a shortage of more than 200,000 available and affordable rental units statewide, more residents abandoning homes that have become unaffordable, and the escalating price of homeownership, state Sen. John Blake joined housing experts this morning to discuss reasonable initiatives to expand the supply of adequate and affordable housing.

PA Treasurer McCord: This Trout Season, Don’t Forget to Also Go Fishing for Unclaimed...

Harrisburg - April 1, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Anglers will soon be heading to Pennsylvania’s more than 85,000 miles of streams and rivers as Trout Season kicks off across the commonwealth. State Treasurer Rob McCord today highlighted some fishing-themed names in Treasury’s free online database to encourage residents to find out if any of the $2.2 billion in unclaimed property Treasury holds belongs to them.

Cartwright & Horsford Draft Letter to FHFA Director Mel Watt Urging Foreclosure Moratorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 31, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, U.S. Congressmen Matt Cartwright (D-PA-17) and Steven Horsford (D-NV-4) sent a letter cosigned by 75 Democratic House colleagues to Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Director Mel Watt urging him to impose a moratorium on foreclosures for individuals who have lost their emergency unemployment compensation (EUC) due to congressional inaction.

Shuster Slams President Obama for Efforts to Regulate Water on Private Property

WASHINGTON - March 26, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Representative Bill Shuster (R-Hollidaysburg) made a statement yesterday strongly condemning President Obama’s latest effort to dramatically increase federal regulatory authority over bodies of water in the United States.

PA Treasury Reminds Employers April 15 is Deadline to File Annual Unclaimed Property Reports

Harrisburg - March 25, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Employers must report dormant financial assets and unclaimed tangible items to the Pennsylvania Treasury by April 15, State Treasurer Rob McCord reminded today. Compliance with this important annual deadline allows Treasury to return unclaimed property to the rightful owners, the Treasurer noted, as his department continues its concerted effort to educate businesses and organizations of their obligations under this state law

Treasurer McCord: Millions in Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Up for Claim, Some Could Be...

Harrisburg - March 24, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Life insurance is an important tool to protect the economic security of loved ones, but State Treasurer Rob McCord today reminded Pennsylvanians to take steps to ensure that these benefits serve their intended purpose and do not end up as unclaimed property reported to the Pennsylvania Treasury. The Treasurer noted that his department has reunited $13.2 million in unclaimed life insurance benefits with the rightful owners,

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PHA To Use On-line Housing Applications For First Time

Philadelphia, PA - March 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Philadelphia Housing Authority announced today it would begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program on-line, through its Web site,

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Governor Wolf Outlines How Restore Pennsylvania Will Benefit Municipalities

Building on his commitment to support Pennsylvania’s communities, Governor Tom Wolf spoke at the Pennsylvania Municipal League’s Capitol Conference to outline how Restore Pennsylvania will benefit municipalities and overhaul Pennsylvania’s infrastructure.