Preparing for Short and Long Term Advocacy to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19
The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania seeks your input into our short and longer term advocacy and education priorities to support low income households and the organizations that serve them to weather the short and longer term impacts of COVID-19.
We ask you to provide us with information on your local response and concerns in this 5 minute survey to be completed by Friday April 3.
We aim to support your efforts to keep all Pennsylvanians, especially vulnerable populations, healthy and housed. We will use the results to design short and long term advocacy and education priorities.
We are compiling information that can be found here related to the following issues and concerns.
1. Preventing an increase in evictions and utility shut-offs for individuals who have been laid off from their jobs or those whose hours are significantly cut;
2. Ramping up services for people experiencing homelessness and those now at risk of homelessness assuming a greater influx of need;
3. Mitigating delays in the affordable housing development, construction, and real estate transaction processes and the provision of rental subsidies and other services and supports; and
4. Supporting the organizations that serve people in need and create affordable housing who will be faced with lost revenue and increased demand for services and potential delays in grant awards and application cycles.
We know that the most vulnerable populations are too often the last considered but end up the most impacted in an economic crisis. We have to be strong and vocal advocates so they and the organizations that serve them are not forgotten and not left behind.
It will mean that we can better support you – our network of nonprofit service organizations, housing developers and providers, housing and redevelopment authorities, homeless assistance providers, local and state government, and advocates – during this time.