Housing News of the Week 1.29.20

Check out the recent news below to see what is happening this week in Housing News.

Gov. Wolf’s 2020-21 Budget Will Further Protect Vulnerable Populations
website of Governor Tom Wolf
“Pennsylvania has a long history as a leader in caring for its vulnerable residents, including children, seniors, veterans, adults facing domestic violence and Pennsylvanians of all ages with mental health concerns or physical or intellectual disabilities, or other challenges,” Gov. Wolf said. “Every Pennsylvanian deserves an opportunity to thrive and that’s why making investments in our services for vulnerable populations is a priority of mine for the upcoming budget.”(to read more, click the link above)

Discussing Effects of SNAP Cuts on Food Banks, Economy, and People Across PA
PA Department of Human Services
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller and Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary for Market Development Cheryl Cook Monday joined representatives from several charitable food organizations, food retailers, and a food assistance recipient at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to discuss the effects from the Trump Administration’s numerous attacks on the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP). Cuts and changes to eligibility for the program will negatively affect food banks across the state, thousands of vulnerable Pennsylvanians, and Pennsylvania’s economy. (to read more, click the link above)

Could Receiving a Housing Voucher Reduce Hospital Stays and Spending?
Housing Matters
Where people live is inextricably linked to their health outcomes. Less certain is the connection between neighborhood quality and long-term health care use. To fill this research gap, a recent study explored the connection between receipt of a housing voucher and hospitalization rates and spending up to 20 years after receipt of the voucher. The study’s findings add reductions in hospitalization rates and spending to the list of potential benefits from lowering children’s exposure to neighborhood poverty. (to read more, click the link above)

Commentary: By addressing both health and socioeconomic needs, Philly can begin to reduce poverty
Philadelphia Inquirer
A new report by the city’s Department of Public Health finds that Philadelphia’s overall health trails other major cities. This is distressing but not surprising, because our poverty rate is among the highest of any city in America, and poverty and poor health are inextricably linked. To help break that link, Project HOME, Independence Blue Cross and AmeriHealth Caritas are teaming up to launch Keystone Connection to Wellness. This new initiative aims to improve health outcomes in one of the most economically distressed sections of Philadelphia. We believe by addressing both health and socioeconomic needs, we can begin to reduce poverty and overcome its effects on health and well-being. (to read more, click the link above)

The House Flippers of Pittsburgh Try a New Tactic
As the city’s real estate market heats up, neighborhood groups say that cash investors use building code violations to encourage homeowners to sell. It’s a sign of the times in Pittsburgh, where an influx of tech jobs is helping to push home prices in some neighborhoods to double or triple what they were ten years ago. As the real estate market heats up, wholesalers, house flippers, and other short-term investors are fishing for properties. (to read more, click the link above)

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