In an effort to support access to affordable housing for Pennsylvania’s citizens with disabilities, Gateway Health announced today a grant donation of $26,500 to Transitional Paths to Independent Living (TRPIL) in Washington, PA. TRPIL provides advocacy and support services to people with disabilities. This grant will support the organization’s goal: to eliminate barriers that people with disabilities experience, through ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services to provide supports they need to live independently.
One of the biggest challenges for people with disabilities is the ability to find and maintain housing that accommodates their needs. The lack of available accessible units makes finding housing difficult. For this reason, Centers for Independent Living (CILs) such as TRPIL, provide assistance in locating affordable, accessible housing.
“Affordable, accessible, integrated housing is the vital step to freedom for people living in nursing facilities or facing other housing challenges,” said TRPIL Executive Director Kathleen Kleinmann, who presently serves on the Governor’s Long-Term Care Council.
“People with disabilities are important members of our community. A disability can be experienced by anyone at any stage of his or her life, and can be a result of a sensory, neurological, physical, intellectual, cognitive or psychiatric impairment, or a combination of these. Some disabilities are hidden, while others may be visible,” says Jessica Cromer, Vice President and Executive Director of HealthChoices, Gateway Health. “We are committed to giving people with disabilities the opportunity to achieve economic mobility and advancement by supporting TRPIL.”
Transitional Paths to Independent Living serves persons with disabilities in southwestern Pennsylvania and provides a full spectrum of support services including:
- Advocacy – empowering people to negotiate and speak for themselves
- Peer Support – connecting people with similar life experiences
- Skills Training – imparting new skills and strengthening current skills
- Information & Referral – connecting individuals to services and needed information
- Transition – supporting people through major life changes
With this grant donation, this partnership will provide more concentrated basic housing assistance – assisting with identifying available housing options, rental applications, and how to communicate with landlords home modification – providing quality home modification services to persons with diverse disabilities to increase independence, and prevent hospitalization or nursing home entry by making homes more safe and accessible transportation services – providing wheelchair accessible transportation support.