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First Meeting of PA Housing Choice Coalition – RSVP now!

As 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

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Fair Housing Advocacy

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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

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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

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Learn More about PA ABLE Savings Accounts

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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

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Criminal History and Fair Housing – Change is in the Wind

Having a criminal record can make accessing decent rental housing a herculean task. Many properties have blanket bans that prevent acceptance to housing due to having any misdemeanor or felony history at any point in one’s lifetime. This is the case despite research that has shown that over time the chance that a person with

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HomeHUB Now “Open”!

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.

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Promoting Fair Housing For All Pennsylvanians

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

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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

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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

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NHT Collaborative Partners

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

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My Home, My Choice

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

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