D10: Bethlehem Blight Study: Using Data to Drive Community Improvement

The City of Bethlehem recently completed a year-long blight analysis for the city. Using various data sets, the city is now able to target efforts towards neighborhoods where interventions make the most sense. Physical improvements to buildings are key, but the city is also implementing various ordinances and utilizing other legal tools to enhance their […]

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D9: Medical Respite: The Intersection of Health and Housing

The Bethlehem Haven Medical Respite Program is a collaboration between the Allegheny Health Network and its Center for Inclusion Health, Bethlehem Haven, Pittsburgh Mercy, UPMC Hospital Division and the UPMC Health Plan. Bethlehem Haven’s Medical Respite Program provides short-term residential housing coupled with post-acute medical and supportive social services to manage an individual’s recovery from […]

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D8: Housing First Advanced

To end homelessness communities must quickly and successfully connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to permanent housing without preconditions and barriers to entry, such as sobriety, treatment or service participation requirements. Come and take a deep dive on the fundamentals of housing first and get the latest updates on implementation of this model.

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D7: The Path to Homeownership

The path to homeownership has many important steps. This workshop will focus on the importance of partnerships between lenders and housing agencies that help first-time homebuyers obtain a clear path towards homeownership. We will profile how the housing agencies and lenders work hand in hand by properly educating the homebuyer on credit, budgeting, affordability,and innovative […]

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D6: Taking a Collaborative Approach to Assessing the Housing Needs of Older Adults

As the population and housing stock continues to grow older, many older adults require critical safety modifications and repairs to enable them to safely and comfortably age in place. Working with Occupational Therapists, a Social Worker and an established group of community partners, NeighborWorks NEPA has identified a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of […]

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D5: Right to Return: A Case Study of Choice Neighborhoods Initiative East Liberty Tenant Relocation

In October 2016, the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Larimer and East Liberty received the catalytic Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Grant. The $30M grant is spurring massive development including redevelopment of 155 units of project based housing, along with 200 new affordable and market rate units. This panel will outline the person-centered approach that resulted in the successful […]

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D4: Ending Youth Homelessness

An overview of the scope of youth homelessness nationally and in Pennsylvania will be provided. This panel will discuss key aspects and models related to providing housing programming to Transition Age Youth (TAY.) Specific topics will include developing and implementing TAY housing programs from the ground up and an overview of models. Panel members will […]

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D3: Looking for Landlords in All the Right Places

No matter what community you live in, landlords are critical partners in ending homelessness. Please bring your struggles and solutions to this special Landlord Engagement peer learning session facilitated by Housing Locators from Allegheny and Bucks County. Together we will share and learn from one another the promising practices and incentives working to unlock quality […]

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D2: Effectively and Cost Efficiently Meeting Environmental Regulations in Affordable Housing

There are a lot of environmental boxes to check when structuring your deal. We will discuss common environmental regulations and how to respond to them when preparing your applications for LIHTC, PennHomes, and PHARE funds. We will also look forward to new developments in environmental requirements and how to prepare for them.

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D1: Declaring War on Nuisance and Blight in Downtown

How to utilize collaborative efforts to bring life to downtown areas. The Declaration House Project took the most blighted property in the Borough of Denver and, with the partnership of three nonprofits, built a $3.6M building complex, housing 10 families, a healthcare facility, social services hub and retail space all within a 3 years period.

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