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Part 1: 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. 

Housing AssistanceThe 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.

Happy 25th Anniversary Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)!!

As a cross disability agency, SDHP wants to recognize and celebrate the importance of the ADA.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

RHC Connections with Landlords

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.