Check out the recent news below to see what is happening this week in Housing News.
Human Services Study Finds Positive Effects for Medicaid Recipients with Housing Support
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller announced the findings of a study on the effects of permanent supportive housing programs on long-term health and health care spending among Medicaid recipients experiencing homelessness. The study, conducted in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Medicaid Research Center, looked at nearly 5,900 cases from 54 Pennsylvania counties who received permanent supportive housing services from 2011-2016 and found that people who experienced homelessness saw improving health outcomes and decreased Medicaid utilization and spending after receiving permanent supportive housing services. (to read more, click the link above)
Hearing’s focus: more homes for less fortunate
Local officials say there are too many families, senior citizens and people with disabilities struggling to find and maintain homes they can afford. They point to the fact that there are only 30 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 low-income households in Berks County. They talk about how Reading residents are forced to spend more than 30% of their monthly income on rent. And they call attention to the fact that more than 2,000 children who live in the city reside in households that depend on public housing. (to read more, click the link above)