Healthy Homes are an Investment in Health: Shared Prosperity Roundtable

On Friday, June 22nd, Shared Prosperity hosted a Roundtable on Healthy Homes. Speakers ranged from local weatherization providers, to health experts, to national model builders. The message throughout was clear — housing is health and investing in good quality, healthy homes are an investment in health.

The questions now are mostly about which interventions to pursue and how to pay for them. The speakers identified a number of strategies being used both in Philadelphia and elsewhere.

Brief summaries of several of the presentations are below, with links to the powerpoint files (from Shared Prosperity).

  • Green & Health Homes Initiative: discusses a number of models being used across the US with integration between health, housing, and utilities. Funding sources include: attorney general funds, settlement funds, utility funds, aging funds, and more. GHHI has also been active with Pay for Success efforts.
  • National Nurse-Led Care Consortium: reviews data connecting housing with health, work being done across the state, and the need for more sustained support in Philadelphia as well as more statewide support for Community Health Workers.
  • Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management Program: discusses strong links between pests and asthma as well as the disparities in adverse asthma outcomes based on race; also urged more support for Community Health Workers.

As a part of our new strategic plan, RHLS is working to understand key issues at the intersection of housing & health and building new partnerships in this space. This Roundtable was part of that effort. Check back for updates as this exciting work begins to unfold.

RHLS Adopts New Strategic Plan

RHLS’s Board of Directors has adopted a new strategic plan for 2018-2021. The Board and Staff were actively engaged in thinking through where RHLS has been, what it is currently doing, and where it wants to go. We have created an ambitious plan that has us broadening the focus of our work to better serve low-income and vulnerable Pennsylvanians: health & housing and equity.

Further, recognizing that housing and community development in the United States is historically intertwined with questions of equity—especially racial equity—RHLS intends to expand its existing work to increase meaningful housing and community choices for low-income households.

Housing is increasingly considered a significant social determinate of health. As such, RHLS will use our extensive experience in housing and community development to add real value to those seeking to address housing from the health perspective. We know that the housing and health worlds are very different, but we are committed to learning more about health and working at the intersection of these two issues.

Most importantly, RHLS will press on with the affordable housing work that we have done for decades. It is the core of who and what we are. We look forward to using this work as the foundation that will enable us to bring value to the health and equity priority areas.

Look out for updates on social media and via the RHLS email list as the plan takes shape.

Read the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan

 

Evicted for Calling 911? How Advocates Can Fight Back.

A domestic violence survivor comes to you with an eviction notice. The reason? Multiple 911 calls. In other words, the survivor suffered abuse at home and called for help. How do you make sure they aren’t improperly evicted?

If your client lives in a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) property, there are protections under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but enforcement isn’t always automatic. This post teaches you: 1) how to identify LIHTC units; 2) the VAWA rights for persons in LIHTC units; and 3) first steps to take if you are seeing a systemic problem. Continue reading “Evicted for Calling 911? How Advocates Can Fight Back.”

PULP Seeking Attorney/Fellow

PULP is seeking an attorney/fellow who desires to make a significant contribution to the well-being of low-income households for a 1-2 year fellowship beginning in July 2017.  Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania or sitting for July 2017 Pennsylvania Bar Exam.    Read the full announcement.