In 1994 SDHP began as a project to increase housing options for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. Four years later we realized to move our mission forward we needed to become a 501c3 non-profit and grow our activities.
There have been improvements to the systems that support people with disabilities to live independently in the twenty years since SDHP began, but there is still much work to be done. Overwhelming, people with disabilities have their housing choices limited by the lack of accessible, affordable housing and insufficient access to the information needed to make informed choices. SDHP has always worked to ensure people with disabilities have the tools needed to make informed decisions about where and with who they want to live. “My Home, My Choice” was the name of an early SDHP publication. While no longer in print, the theme of “My Home, My Choice” is still very relevant today. At SDHP, we believe everyone has the right to have choice and control about where they live. That belief continues to drive SDHP’s efforts every day. Please explore our website to find out how.
RHC outreach to local landlords increases housing options in rural North Central PA
Developing the trust of landlords is an important way RHC’s increase housing options for many low income people with disabilities. The RHCs have a unique opportunity to dispel many of the misconceptions that landlords may have about renting to older adults and people with disabilities, thereby reducing the landlord’s anxiety around home modifications, reasonable accommodations, and housing choice vouchers.
RHC’s Establish NHT Collaborative Partner Meetings for Nursing Home Transition Coordinators
In 2010, former Region 9 RHC, Arlette Wright, began hosting a collaborative meeting for the NHT coordinators in her region as a way to share ideas and provide training and program updates for them. This was the beginning of a now far-reaching RHC initiative to bring NHT Coordinators and community partners together on a regular basis to further the common goal of removing barriers to successful transitions.
SDHP recently expanded the Regional Housing Coordinator program to serve Philadelphia through expanded funding from the PA Dept of Human Services. Isis Pollard joined SDHP in October, 2014, to fill this newly created Philadelphia RHC position.
“As the new Philadelphia RHC, this position will create so many new opportunities for consumers transitioning out of nursing homes in Philadelphia. I am so happy to start this position as an RHC, and I’m grateful to have a plethora of housing information and a team of RHC’s behind me since the RHC program has been working across Pennsylvania for 12 years with SDHP.” said Pollard.