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Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS) is a public interest legal agency that for over 45 years has provided specialized legal and technical assistance throughout Pennsylvania to non-profit organizations that develop affordable housing, create economic opportunities, and revitalize low-income neighborhoods. RHLS attorneys also engage in systemic policy and advocacy efforts designed to improve housing and utility-related issues for low-income households. RHLS has offices in Glenside (Philadelphia suburb), Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
RHLS is seeking a Grant/Contract Manager. The Grant/Contract Manager will be responsible for managing the fundraising calendar, facilitating team communication, guiding relevant parties through the required steps to ensure a complete and timely submission, as well as writing, editing, and submitting grants and reports. This position will be in the Glenside office and will report to the CFO/Director of Administration (who works remotely).Continue reading “RHLS is hiring a Grant/Contract Manager”
Deputy Director/Senior Attorney for Multi-family Housing, Dina Schlossberg, was featured on the Temple Law Review Podcast. She discusses affordable housing issues in Philadelphia such as rising rents, minimum wage, high poverty rates, the loss of affordable units, and other issues. Check it out here:
The applications and guidelines for LIHEAP often change from year to year, and these changes can be confusing for both applicants and their advocates. The LIHEAP Manual is a working reference that aids understanding of and access to the benefits provided by Pennsylvania’s LIHEAP.
Many customers eligible do not apply, and those who do often receive less than their potential benefits.
The Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) provides information, assistance, and advice about residential utility and energy matters affecting low-income consumers. PULP serves all of Pennsylvania. PULP is a specialized component of Regional Housing Legal Services and is based in Harrisburg, the state capital of Pennsylvania. PULP acts in coordination with the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network of Programs and other nonprofit agencies and community groups.
On Thursday, October 18th, the Senate of Pennsylvania announced a $400,000 initiative to revitalize homes in the West Oak Lane neighborhood was announced at a press conference at the West Oak Lane Senior Center. Funds provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) will be used to make needed repairs and modifications to 32 homes belonging to moderate-income seniors in the community.
These home modifications will ensure that seniors can continue to safely live in the community they have called home for decades.
The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University’s report, Housing America’s Older Adults, cites accessibility as, “essential to older adults’ health and safety as physical and cognitive limitations increase.” Further, as aging can bring increased risks of disability, isolation, and financial stress, allowing seniors to stay in places where they have built deep community ties is key to their well-being. The communities, in turn, benefit from committed residents with investment, experience, and care for the neighborhood.
The initiative is led by Senator Art Haywood, who formerly worked at RHLS, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, Representative Isabella Fitzgerald, and Congressman Dwight Evans, with the assistance of Community Legal Services and Cindy Daley, Director of Community Redevelopment Initiatives at RHLS.
RHLS provided legal and technical assistance in securing CFA funds as part of a larger effort to provide aid to communities in northwest Philadelphia that have been hit hardest by home foreclosures. As the initiative is implemented, RHLS will provide ongoing legal and technical assistance.
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.
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.