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First Meeting of PA Housing Choice Coalition – RSVP now!

PA Housing Choice CouncilAs of July 1, 2017, the PA Development Disabilities Council is funding the Self Determination Housing Project (SDHP) to create an advocacy project, the goal of which is to support the work of the Council’s demonstration projects and work to create systems change, both in government and in generic housing services, that builds the capacity of people to live in their own home, not a residential setting under the control of an agency.  The Housing advocacy project is to be guided by the ideas and recommendations of an active and engaged coalition of housing stakeholders from across Pennsylvania.

SDHP is kicking off the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Housing Choice Coalition!

Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Place: Norristown Public Library
1001 Powell Street, Norristown, PA 19401

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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.