Accessible Housing

Choice for people with disabilities and older Pennsylvanians to enjoy a home that suits their needs and abilities is a primary goal of SDHP.  But most homes across the state do not provide the access many people with disabilities need to live >Read more

About SDHP

The Self Determination Housing Project of PA, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization that works to expand housing options for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. SDHP was founded in 1994 and incorporated in 1998. The mission of SDHP is to promote self-determination and >Read more

PREP

What is PREP? The Prepared Renter Program also known as PREP is a renter education program created by the Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP).  PREP is a complete curriculum that provides all the tools a person needs to obtain rental housing, >Read more

 
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Fair Housing Advocacy

Part 2: A Day in the Life of a Regional Housing Coordinator (RHC)

By: Jeff Fields, Regional Housing Coordinator, Region 13

In this series “Day in the Life of a Regional Housing Coordinator,” we will look at the various roles the RHC plays and how it directly improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The Regional Housing Coordinator (RHC) at Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP) is a dynamic role crossing multiple sectors. 

The Fair Housing Act

When it comes to advocating for people with disabilities, one of the most useful tools in the RHC toolkit is the Fair Housing Act. Officially called “Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968,” the Fair Housing Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against individuals in housing transactions based on: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or familial status.

In this post we’ll focus on how the RHC uses Fair Housing laws to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities. For more general info on Fair Housing see here: SDHP Fair Housing Page.

The Nursing Home Transition Program (NHT)

Part 1: A Day in the Life of a Regional Housing Coordinator (RHC)

By: Jeff Fields, Regional Housing Coordinator, Region 13

In this series “Day in the Life of a Regional Housing Coordinator,” we will look at the various roles the RHC plays and how it directly improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. The Regional Housing Coordinator (RHC) at Self-Determination Housing Project of Pennsylvania (SDHP) is a dynamic role crossing multiple sectors. 

signThe Nursing Home Transition Program (NHT)

One of the most important roles for an RHC is to become networked into a region’s local housing system so that when needs arise, the RHC can act. One example of this in action is the Nursing Home Transition (NHT) program,
which is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. This program assists people living in nursing homes to move back to the community, assuming they are able to live independently.

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Learn More about PA ABLE Savings Accounts

PA Treasury Unveils New Website on PA ABLE Savings Account Program

Individuals with disabilities can learn about the upcoming program, determine eligibility and register to receive updates

HARRISBURG — The PA Treasury has launched a new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Savings Program website (www.paable.gov) that provides quick and easy access to essential information on the upcoming program to give individuals with qualified disabilities a tax-free way to save for future disability-related expenses, while maintaining government benefits. The site also has a short quiz to help determine eligibility, a  comprehensive Frequently Asked Question section and allows users to sign up to receive updates on the program, including when accounts open for enrollment.