Category Archives: Housing

The ABCs of ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units) | expanding housing options for persons who are aging and persons with a disability


Nearly always mentioned in conversations about “seniors” and persons with a disability is “housing.” Housing and transportation insecurities. Add to that mix the word “affordable” and the conversations often come to abrupt halts.

One answer to the chronic affordable housing crunch in Service Area 13 counties, may be Accessory Dwelling Units — commonly known as backyard bungalows, garage apartments and so-called granny flats — which are small homes that exist on the same property lot as a single-family residence.

AARP has packaged a 20 page compendium on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) packed with great ideas. AARP writes, “Since ADUs can be created in many different shapes and styles, they’re able to fit discreetly into all sorts of communities, including suburban subdivisions, row-house streets (either with or without backalleys), walkable town or urban neighborhoods — and, of course, large lots and rural regions.”

Click on the graphic above or here to download the guide.  

A very modern look at “shared housing” – Register now for this FREE WEBINAR!

Webinar announcement SHARE housing

Register to attend this Webinar to find out more about this exiting program that’s providing some resolutions for the need for affordable housing; reducing social isolation; curbing loneliness with an updated look at some tested housing options. Click on the link or the above graphic to download a .pdf file with a clickable link.  

“New Housing Concepts Emerge For Adults With Developmental Disabilities” – disabilityscoop

dd housing“A rendering of a home in Crossbridge Point, a new community for adults with and without developmental disabilities that’s planned for Whitestown, Ind.” – (ILADD, Inc./Charles M. Brown Architect, Inc.)

by Michelle Diament

“Communities of varying shapes and styles are popping up across the country, all aiming to address the severe shortage of housing options for those with developmental disabilities.

Among the newest projects underway is a 15-acre community planned about 20 miles outside of Indianapolis that will offer homes for adults with and without developmental disabilities. The $12 million project that’s expected to open in 2023 will include various size homes as well as a community center and feature clubs and classes promoting independent living skills. Known as Crossbridge Point, the community being developed by the nonprofit ILADD, Inc. is among the first aimed at people with developmental disabilities that will allow families to purchase homes, though the plan also calls for rental units to be available.

“’Families increasingly are telling us they want the permanence and equity of home ownership,’ said Mark L. Olson, president and CEO of LTO Ventures, which serves as consultant and project manager for the development and others like it. ‘It provides certainty in that a landlord cannot sell a home out from under tenants who may be leasing. It gives the family more control over accommodations or modifications that may need to be made. It builds equity that the adult with IDD can tap into later in their life after the parents are gone. It protects against rent increases or landlord discrimination.’”

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“Dying on the streets: As the homeless age, a health care system leaves them behind” – STATNews

aging and homelessDwane Foreman, 68, rests in his car in East Oakland, Calif.”ALISSA AMBROSE/STAT

by Bob Tedeschi

OAKLAND, Calif. — The elderly man winced as two friends lifted him from his car, and he walked, as if on broken glass, along the curb of a dead end street in an East Oakland neighborhood. It took him several minutes to walk 15 yards, and when he sat again he needed still more time to regain his breath.

“His eyes were pressed shut, and as he waited for the pain and breathlessness to pass, his fingertips worked the skin of one knotted, ebony hand. Finally he lifted his head and, with the hint of a smile, said his name was Dwane Allen Foreman. ‘I’ve got a long story,’ he said.

“The short version is that Foreman is 68 and homeless, and has HIV, hepatitis C, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and, more recently, lung cancer, and he worries he will die on the street. If he does, he will be one of hundreds in the United States who do so every year, dying in the kind of squalor and emotional and physical suffering that is more commonly the hallmark of war zones and developing nations.

“Such cases are becoming more common, researchers said, as the homeless population ages. In the early 1990s, 11 percent of homeless adults were over 50. Now more than half are 50 or older.”

Keep reading this article at STATNews, click here.

“Elderly and Homeless: America’s Next Housing Crisis” – The New York Times

“Over the next decade, the number of elderly homeless Americans is projected to triple — and that was before Covid-19 hit. In Phoenix, the crisis has already arrived.”

elderly homelessnessCredit … Eduardo L. Rivera for The New York Times”


“Miles Oliver’s troubles began in April, when he had to choose between making his monthly car payment and paying his rent. He chose the car, based on a logical calculation: Without a car, he couldn’t drive to work, meaning no money for rent regardless. Oliver came to Arizona from Chicago more than 30 years ago as an Army recruit at Fort Huachuca, the storied military post wedged into shrublands in the southeastern part of the state, just a 15-mile hike from the Mexico border. He grew to love Arizona — the dry air, the seemingly endless sunshine, the sense of possibility for someone looking for a new start. He moved to Phoenix and built a life for himself there. Now it was all falling apart.

“His car, a navy blue 2007 Ford Fusion for which he paid $230 a month, was his lifeline. It took him to whatever day jobs he cobbled together each week, most of them in construction, and allowed him to bring in extra cash on weekends delivering pizza for Papa John’s. February was slow, and March was slower, so when his $830 April rent came due, Oliver was short. The apartment complex’s office had closed because of the pandemic, and he had no idea how to reach the manager to ask for extra time. What he received, by mail, was an ultimatum: Pay up or go to court.”

Read this article at The New York Times in its entirety, click here.

Training and educational opportunities from PHFA | register today.

PHFA 2020 CESC Information UpdatedPHFA 2020 CFSC Information Updated










The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)  2020 Multifamily Affordable Housing Conference has been postponed until July 2021.  However, we are not letting that slow us down!

Housing Services is excited to announce that we will be starting groups in both the Certificate in Elder Service Coordination (CESC) and Certificate in Family Service Coordination (CFSC) Programs in July 2020.  See the flyers above for  both programs in case you/your organization is interested.  Registration for both programs is required by July 1st and at NO cost.  The programs will be set up differently than in the past, starting with webinars and concluding with the 2021 Conference.

If you’re interested in more information or to enroll, please contact Alicia Spencer ( ) for the CESC Program and Dawn Bartha ( for the CFSC Program.  Also, the programs will be offered in 2021 and those groups will start with the conference.

Housing Services Free Webinars

Housing Services will be offering FREE webinar trainings, TBA throughout.  Please see below information for upcoming webinar to start.

Housing Services Free Webinar

“Supporting Residents Through Traumatic Events”

Monday, June 29, 2020 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

*Registration Required*

Webinar Information:


Presenter: Katie Mansfield, Lead Trainer for the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) program within Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Description: Events such as the COVID-19 quarantine, on-site acts of violence and vandalism can challenge a community’s sense of safety and well-being. Katie Mansfield, will address how traumatic events affect community dynamics and will offer tips on how to support communities and individual residents who are coping with trauma. Resources will be highlighted from across the State.

CARES Financial Assistance for Renters and Homeowners

Applications for CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners will be available June 29; application submissions can begin July 6

People who lost income due to the pandemic-related economic slowdown may be eligible for rent or mortgage assistance to help them stay in their homes

Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief starting June 29. At that time, applications will be easily accessible from a red banner on the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s website at PHFA is administering both programs and developing detailed programs for distributing this financial assistance quickly to people in need while following legislative requirements. The agency will begin accepting completed applications for rent and mortgage assistance on July 6.

“More than 10,000 People in Long-Term Care Facilities Have Died Due to COVID-19” – Kaiser Family Foundation

“KFF Data Note Presents State-Level Cases and Deaths in Such Facilities”


More than 10,000 residents and staff in long-term care facilities across the U.S. have died from COVID-19 infections, according to a KFF analysis of state data. That number is an undercount since not all states are currently reporting such data.

Among those reporting data, the largest death tolls as of April 23 were in several Northeastern states, including New York (3,505 deaths), New Jersey (2,050), Massachusetts (1,205) and Pennsylvania (845). The data also show that there have been nearly 51,000 infections with COVID-19 at more than 4,000 long-term care facilities in the 36 states reporting such data. New Jersey reported the highest number of cases (11,608) and North Dakota the least (61).

Residents of long-term care facilities are among the most vulnerable to infection and serious illness from COVID-19, given the population density in such facilities and residents’ underlying health conditions. Moreover, nearly 40 percent of nursing homes in the U.S. had infection control deficiencies in 2017, a problem that may contribute to high numbers of cases and deaths.

Long-term care facilities account for a notable share of all COVID-19 cases and deaths in many states. In six states – Colorado, Delaware, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Utah – such deaths account for over 50 percent of all COVID-19 deaths. Overall, cases in long-term care facilities make up 11 percent of all coronavirus cases in the 29 states that report cases. Deaths in long-term care facilities account for 27 percent of all deaths in the 23 states that report deaths.

“The situation in many nursing homes is an emergency. It may be time to consider sending military health response teams to nursing homes and temporarily moving nursing home residents who are able to community and rural hospitals where there is room,” said Drew Altman, KFF’s President and CEO.

Until recently, there was no federal requirement for nursing homes to report coronavirus outbreaks and COVID deaths, leading to an information gap for families, residents, and policymakers. On April 19, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released guidance that would require nursing homes to report cases of coronavirus directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This data is not yet available.

KFF is gathering data obtainable through state COVID reporting or state press releases. We include all available long-term care facility data reported by state, including cases among both residents and staff, where available. Definition of long-term care facility differs by state, but data reflects a combination of nursing facilities, residential care communities, adult care centers, intermediate care facilities, and/or other congregate settings.

Read the analysis

For more on methodology, as well as the full data note and other KFF analyses related to COVID-19, visit

Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.

“Rents Are Late, and ‘It’s Only Going to Get Worse’” – The New York Times

rent dueCredit … Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times


“First it was the waitress whose restaurant closed. Then the waiter, the bartender, the substitute teacher, the hairdresser, the tattoo artist and the Walgreens manager.

“One after the other, the tenants called and emailed their landlord, Bruce Brunner, to say they were out of work and the rent was going to be late. A week after the bill was due, some two dozen of Mr. Brunner’s 130 tenants had lost their jobs or had their hours reduced. He’s working out payment plans and using security deposits as a stopgap while directing tenants to the emerging patchwork of local, state and federal assistance programs.

“’Six weeks ago, you could name your price and you’d have multiple people applying,’ said Mr. Brunner, who lives in Minneapolis, where he owns and manages 20 duplexes and triplexes across the city. “’Now you’re deferring and working out payment plans, and it’s only going to get worse.’”

Read this article at The New York Times, click here.

“Homeless facing ‘a disaster for families’” – The Boston Globe

homelessDarling Pierre was living with her two children in a Dorchester shelter when news broke about the coronavirus. Here’s how they’re managing. (Video by Caitlin Healy/Globe Staff, Photo by Erin Clark/Globe Staff)”

by Malcolm Gay and Zoe Greenberg 

When Erin moved into the Medford shelter in January, the 39-year-old mother finally felt a measure of hope.

“She’d made a wrenching break with her old life, fleeing an emotionally abusive relationship and signing up at a technical school to study medical office administration. She quickly secured a voucher and enrolled her 3-year-old son in preschool.

“The illness sweeping China was on her radar, but barely. It seemed like people were overreacting.

“Then, in the space of a few days, her world imploded: Her son’s preschool shut down. Her own school moved online. And the small income she’d earned walking dogs evaporated, as did, seemingly, her fresh start.”

Read this Boston Globe article in its entirety, cllick here.

What to do if you’re renting a home during the COVID-19 Pandemic

covid-19 renters guide