The Housing Alliance of PA has launched a new housing web-resource.
HomeHUB© is a free, online, mobile, interactive information clearinghouse for homeownership professionals in Pennsylvania – lenders, realtors, governmental officials, builders, and housing counselors – to learn about and share resources in order to help rebuild homeownership in PA.
This service gives housing professionals a wider knowledge base to work from and helps them better assist their clients. This service also allows any homeownership professionals in Pennsylvania who have products share them with the community at large. Providing information about your housing product or service will enhance and contribute to the growth and usefulness of this new tool.
The content of HomeHUB is informed by a HomeHUB Editorial Board which consists of representatives of key statewide stakeholder entities that believe in the importance of rebuilding homeownership in Pennsylvania. SDHP’s Accessible Housing Program is an example of a housing resource information available through the statewide site.
Visit HomeHUBpa.org to learn more.
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. Overwhelmingly, 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.
SDHP welcomes Kathy McCarthy as the new RHC serving Region 9. (Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Lebanon, and Schuylkill) Kathy has brought with her more than 20 years of professional experience to apply as she pursues the goals of SDHP and the RHC program.
Most recently Kathy worked in Chester County government administering funding for programs and activities that benefit low-income and other disadvantaged populations, with a focus on housing affordability and diversity. While at the County, Kathy designed and led a study of housing options for low-income Latino farm workers, which identified a significant need for more decent and affordable housing for very low-income residents.
Kathy also has a passion for ensuring Fair Housing Act compliance among developers, landlords, and municipal leaders. She worked to educate communities about eliminating discriminatory regulations within local zoning ordinances, with particular emphasis on housing access for persons with disabilities.
At SDHP, one of our goals is to educate housing and social service providers about Fair Housing, so that disability discrimination becomes a thing of the past. Jeff Fields, Region 10 RHC, recently provided a training for Nursing Home Transition Coordinators covering the Southeast region of the state (See picture). Nursing Home Transition (NHT) is an innovative state program that helps individuals move out of Nursing Homes and into community settings with support. The NHT Coordinators learned about the protected rights of people with disabilities in housing and how to advocate for those rights through reasonable accommodation and modification requests. They also learned about special topics related to service/assistance animals and hoarding. By providing this education to service professionals that serve hundreds of consumers with disabilities who are moving into housing each year, the RHC program is doing its part to celebrate the spirit of the ADA and the FHA in ending discrimination against people with disabilities.
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.