Homes Within Reach celebrates its fourteenth year!

This year's theme is "A Season for Change: Cultivating Housing Opportunities", where we envision a future together, working in partnership for a home within reach.

The conference provides an opportunity for service providers, housing professionals, community builders and those passionately committed to ensuring a home for every Pennsylvanian to network, share ideas, and make new connections. Join us in building knowledge within the housing industry and community by sharing successful strategies and by gathering new ideas that can be replicated in local communities across the commonwealth and beyond!


We look forward to seeing you in Harrisburg on October 29 at the Hilton!

***HWR is CEU approved and CLE approved for 11.5 credits***



Our Goal and Focus



The goal of the conference

is to build knowledge within the housing industry and community by increasing awareness of creative strategies
that can be replicated across PA - learning from other PA communities as well as states across the country.

Our focus includes:

  • planning for affordable housing
  • remediating blight
  • preventing and ending homelessness
  • ensuring affordable housing close to transit and good schools
  • opportunities to rebuild homeownership for low and moderate income households
  • strategies to utilize the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and other resources to develop housing for low income households



Invisible People: Helping People Experiencing Homelessness tell their Stories.


Mark Horvah


Phyllis Chamberlain

Mark Horvath, Founder, Nonprofit Executive and Digital Storyteller, Invisible People will share his perspective on his extraordinary leadership in helping people who are experiencing homelessness tell their own stories.

You will be inspired by his dedication and service in giving a voice to those who need it most.

Listen to Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, share organizational priorities for the upcoming year.



50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act: How Far We Have Come, and Where Do We Go From Here


Dr. Tiffany Manuel

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing, Dr. Tiffany Manuel, Vice-President, Knowledge, Impact, and Strategy, at Community Partners, Inc., will look back on how far we have come in these fifty years of Fair Housing and how far we still have to go with a focus on how effective messaging can move us forward.

A panel will continue the conversations about the experiences of Pennsylvanians and how to overcome remaining barriers to housing.


PA’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic – Housing as a Critical Component of the Solution


Meg Snead

Heroin and opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, according to The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared in January 2018 and renewed in June a statewide disaster declaration and numerous state agencies and community based organizations are committed to working together to battle the crisis.

Join us for a discussion on the role that housing plays and could play in addressing the crisis.


Funders Working for Housing and Opportunity Panel


Fred Karnas


Susan Thomas

Join our closing conference session with Fred Karnas, Senior Fellow at the Kresge Foundation, and Susan Thomas, Senior Program Officer at the Melville Charitable Trust, as they discuss their work with the Funders for Housing and Opportunity.

Funders for Housing and Opportunity (FHO) is a cross-sector, non-partisan, national funder collaborative that is making investments in organizations and programs that are focused on increasing housing stability in the U.S. through cross sectors collaborations.