Housing and Neighborhood Development Service (HANDS) is Northwestern Pennsylvania's leader in the development and management of multifamily apartment homes for low-income families, elderly and adults living with a disability.
Over the course of 50 years, HANDS has completed 4 dozen housing developments resulting in the production of more than 1,000 units of affordable housing.
HANDS forms strategic partnerships with local municipalities, counties, social service agencies and community organizations to address their housing needs. Each development provides HANDS and the community at large with the opportunity to promote greater choice of housing and further reduces impediments to fair housing.
HANDS has worked with and secured funding through numerous federal, state, local and private agencies. A few of HANDS supporters include: the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Federal Home Loan Bank, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Crawford County, the City of Erie Department of Economic and Community Development, Erie County, the Erie Redevelopment Authority and the Erie Community Foundation.
HANDS is designated as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) by the City of Erie and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.