Category Archives: Housing

“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.

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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

SAVE THE DATE(s)! | THE 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit

PADDC community alliance summit

Poverty issues: evictions and what it costs to achieve self sufficiency

FROM AN E-mail from Pennsylvania Post:

“What’s it like to be on the verge of poverty, without a home but still trying to take part in politics. Studies show that those who live in unstable financial and housing conditions vote less often. And in Reading, where the eviction rate is highest among the state’s top five cities, that could mean low turnout in a city that has recently experienced an uptick in eligible Latino voters.”

eviction ratesSOURCE:

“The high cost of living in Pa: If you and your partner live in city suburbs with two children, you have to make $88,000 a year if you want to live without government assistance, according to a Self-Sufficiency Standard compiled for 41 states by the University of Washington. That’s a shocking number for most Pennsylvanians, where the median income for the state is about $28,000 lowerThe Inquirer broke down the standard of living calculations for the county suburbs surrounding Philly.

“Lax Regulations And Vulnerable Residents ‘A Recipe For Problems’ In Eldercare Homes” – NPR

pc placesJune (left) and Mary Kelly with a photo of their mother, Marilyn Kelly. Marilyn was living at Our House Too, in Rutland, Vt., before she died.”James Buck/VPR/Seven Days

by Emily Corwin, Derick Brouwer, Andrea Suosso

“Some states call them assisted living facilities; others, residential or personal care homes. These state-licensed facilities promise peace of mind for families whose elders require long-term care. In Vermont and elsewhere, investigations into these homes have revealed lax oversight, injuries and deaths.

“Few understand the risks like June Kelly. Her mother, Marilyn Kelly, was energetic and loved to go fishing when she moved into Our House Too, a 13-bed facility that advertised its memory-care expertise. Over the next eight months, almost everything went wrong that could.

“Often, her daughters arrived to find their 78-year-old mom in a stupor. June arrived one day to discover Marilyn trying to feed herself but unable to find her mouth with her fork.

“‘She was in her pajamas, and there was excrement down her arm,’ she recalled.”


“‘Trailer is akin to a slur’: Mobile home industry tries to remove stigma amid Lehigh Valley housing crunch” – The Morning Call

mobile home“Luis and Tammy Figueroa outside their home in the Whispering Hollow neighborhood in Allen Township, where they live with their three small children, on Thursday Feb, 6, 2020. This was their first home they bought together, in December 2018.” (JANE THERESE / Special to The Morning Call)

by Kayla Dwyer

It only took four months for Tammy Figueroa to realize renting was not for her, or her husband and three little children.

“She was scrolling on Facebook when she came across a listing for what would become their first home together: a tiny three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage in Allen Township. She thought it was cute; her husband said, ‘No way.’

The 924-square-foot home was only $14,000.

“Then she noticed in the listing that it was a manufactured home — a mobile home, or the ‘T-word,’ trailer — but it didn’t end up mattering.”

Read this Morning Call article in its entirety, click here.