New Pennsylvania law empowers localities to address affordable housing, blight

(The Center Square) – Municipalities across Pennsylvania now have more power to grant tax incentives to spur affordable housing, be they in major urban areas or rural enclaves.

House Bill 581, sponsored by Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Philadelphia, became Act 58 when Gov. Tom Wolf signed it into law on Monday. It allows taxing authorities more options to pass tax abatements or incentives to build or fix up affordable housing. The bill found support in urban areas facing rising rent prices as well as rural areas where there are struggles to repair blighted properties.

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