Pennsylvania Unveils Five-year Affordable Housing Strategy May 23, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works, Human Services, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, the leaders of the Department of Human Services (DHS), the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), and the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) released a five-year housing strategy to connect Pennsylvanians to affordable, integrated, and supportive housing.DHS Secretary Ted Dallas was joined by Brian Hudson, executive director & CEO of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, and DHS’ executive housing director, Ben Laudermilch, at the unveiling event at Shepherd’s Crossing in Mechanicsburg. Shepherd’s Crossing is an inclusive workforce housing community.“Too many Pennsylvanians live in institutions when they could live at home with the right supports. Too many are rent-burdened and too many Pennsylvanians experience or are at risk of homelessness,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Today is about working together to find ways to make better use of our resources so that we can make affordable housing a reality for more Pennsylvanians.”“Ninety-five percent of Pennsylvanians who need these services want to live in their community, not in an institution or a nursing home. But right now, we can only serve 51 percent of them in the community,” said Secretary Dallas. “Governor Wolf and all of us here today are committed to promoting independence and giving all people, regardless of their age or disability, a voice in choosing where they live. If we are successful, the services we provide will match what our clients want and, because community-based care costs about half of institutional care, we can also save millions of taxpayer dollars.”The strategy outlines the problems with the current state of housing opportunities for individuals with targeted goals and solutions spanning through 2020. The proposal addresses the following populations:• Currently 53,574 Pennsylvanians living in institutions but could live in the community with housing services and supports;• There were 15,421 individuals and families experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness during 2015; and• In 2015, 46.6% of Pennsylvanians have extremely low incomes and are rent-burdened.“We are thrilled to partner with DHS and DCED to bring light to this critical issue hindering Pennsylvanians throughout the state. We are committed to establishing supportive housing opportunities to the states vulnerable citizens, and maximizing each individuals chance to succeed,” said Brian Hudson.The plan’s goal is to leverage internal and external resources to collaborate with all levels of government and private agencies to make housing resources and services more accessible and available to a wide range of individuals served by state and local government.“This plan marks another great illustration of the implementation of Governor Wolf’s Government that Works initiative and DCED is extremely proud to be at the table for this collaboration,” said Secretary Davin. “It’s a part of our role at DCED to address the needs of Pennsylvania’s communities and through implementation of this plan we can begin to address the need for housing opportunities.”Some of the initial steps announced today include the following:• Using a portion of the “Money Follows the Person” federal grant funds to expand the number of regional housing coordinators across the state from 11 to at least 14. These coordinators work with local housing authorities and stakeholders to help transition individuals to the community;• Enhancing and expanding use of the housing network database operated by PHFA that can be used to match those who need housing with affordable housing throughout Pennsylvania.• Continuing the “Rapid Rehousing” pilot program that is ongoing in Philadelphia to help those who have had recently become homeless and those with have experienced housing instability find permanent housing; and• Expanding the use of Medicaid dollars to help move people to stable housing and maintain housing through housing-related supports.“There is no quick fix to addressing these issues,” said Secretary Dallas. “This is a marathon and not a sprint. Comprehensively addressing housing issues will take more than the steps we are announcing today and will take some time to complete. The strategy we announced today lays out our vision for the next five years and the steps we will have to take to bring this vision closer to reality.”Click here for more information on the housing strategy and to view a video regarding the housing strategy
After a disappointing 5-2 loss at No. 4 UCLA on Tuesday, USC’s No. 2 men’s tennis team hopes to bounce back today at the University of San Diego.Wild one · Senior captain Ray Sarmiento earned a qualifying wild card berth to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells this weekend. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAgainst the Bruins, USC (8-2) won the doubles point to take an early 1-0 lead, but lost four straight singles matches to concede the match.The team hopes to have better luck against USD today and in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships in La Jolla, Calif. this weekend.“We want to get back on court and play,” USC head coach Peter Smith said. “We’ve got to be able to stand up for ourselves.”The Toreros (3-3), who are ranked No. 62 in the nation, will also be looking to get back on the right track after suffering a narrow 4-3 defeat at the hands of No. 33 South Carolina last Sunday.Clarke Spinosa is USD’s only ranked player in singles, sitting at No. 61 in the nation. Meanwhile, USC will bring four ranked players into the matchup: senior captain Ray Sarmiento (No. 6) and juniors Yannick Hanfmann (No. 10), Jonny Wang (No. 43) and Roberto Quiroz (No. 80).Spinosa leads the way for the Toreros in doubles as well. He and doubles partner Filip Vittek are ranked No. 30 in the nation together, while USC’s Sarmiento and Hanfmann sit at No. 12.Around this time last year, USC took it to the Toreros in San Diego. The Trojans dialed up a 6-1 victory at USD. USC faced off against USD again later in the season, where the Trojans took down the Toreros 4-1 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. USD earned its sole point in the match when Spinosa upset Sarmiento by a score of 0-6, 6-1, 6-1.The Trojans hope to extend their winning streak against USD today, and a win over the Toreros would be especially sweet considering the connection between the two schools: USD head coach Brett Masi.Masi served as the Trojans’ assistant coach from 2005-2009, when he helped the team win its first of four consecutive national championships.“He’s probably one of the closest people to me in my life, and I love him,” Smith said of Masi. “He’s like a brother. [I] just want to kick his butt, bad.”Following the match against USD, the Trojans will compete at the historic Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. The tournament second-longest running tournament in the United States, starting in 1890.This tournament is open to people of all ages, not just college tennis players, and doesn’t count toward the Trojans’ wins and losses. This, and the fact that just a few steps away from the courts is the pristine beach and beautiful Pacific Ocean, creates a laid-back atmosphere — a welcome break from the normal stress of being the most successful team in the history of college tennis.“I think the tournament relaxes us, which makes us last longer in the regular season,” Wang said.Though the atmosphere might be low-pressure, the tournament still represents an opportunity to scout some Pac-12 teams, as players representing UCLA, Stanford and Cal, among other schools, will be competing.The Trojans might even get a chance for a rematch with some Bruins at some point in the tournament. Last year, USC’s then-sophomore Eric Johnson and then-freshman Max de Vroome advanced to the finals of the tournament, where they faced UCLA’s Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov. The Trojan duo was playing together for the first time all season, but put up a fight against the talented Bruin pair, eventually falling 7-6 (6), 3-6, 4-6.Sarmiento, the Trojans’ top player, will not compete in the tournament, as he received a qualifying wild card spot at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Despite his absence, the Trojans are looking for a win today and for a deep run in the tournament.The forecast calls for rain all weekend, but the Trojans are determined to make the best of the situation and enjoy the break from the stress of competition.Today’s match against the Toreros begins at 2 p.m., and the doubles tournament runs today through Sunday.
Julius Randle emerged into a Lakers’ press conference room Tuesday struggling to sit on a chair, his crutches and cast around his right leg symbolizing the franchise’s battered state.It also tells the story on how Randle’s rookie season ended only four months after the Lakers drafted him seventh overall. Exactly a week ago, Randle collapsed after driving into the lane midway through the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ season opener against Houston, something he just described as “a regular play.” The Lakers’ training staff and players immediately attended Randle near the Rockets’ basket. After Randle’s leg was immobilized, he was soon lifted onto a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital. “I’m not down or upset,” said Randle at halftime of the Lakers’ game Tuesday against Phoenix at Staples Center. “I had my share of tears and frustration. But I’m over it. I’m just motivated.”In what marked his first public comments since his injury, Randle called his setback part of “God’s plan” and added ‘He wouldn’t put me through anything I can’t get through.” Randle then offered more perspective that will resonate with star Kobe Bryant, coach Byron Scott and a franchise fixated on winning NBA championships.“It’s tough not to be out there and play, but now I can become an extreme student of the game,” said Randle, who hopes to walk with only one crutch in six weeks. “Not even with just watching our team and watching how the game is played. Now that I’ve been there and got a feel for it, I know what I need to work on.” The Lakers already sensed Randle had that mindset in the past week. He had surgery the next day at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, an approach that helps expedite recovery. Randle said he has talked to former Lakers James Worthy, whom was selected No. 1 overall in 1982, fractured his left tibia and missed the 1983 NBA playoffs. Bryant also talked with Randle, sharing his perspective about returning from injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee that kept him out last season for all but six games.“He was one of the main people the night I broke it, he texted me and we were talking,” Randle said of Bryant. “He was one of the main people to help me get out of my pity party.”Randle said he was dispatched last Friday and no longer needs to take pain medication, though he reported feeling dehydrated. Randle also visited his teammates at the Lakers’ practice facility on Tuesday during morning shootaround. He expressed gratitude for the “team camraderie” that surrounded him during his injury and after surgery. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Tape-recorded comments made by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber in 2012 are being used by backers of the latest legal challenge to the health law to support the argument that the overhaul’s subsidies were not intended to be used by consumers shopping for coverage on the federal exchange. The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Health Law Architect’s Taped Remarks Fuel Subsidy DebateBackers of the latest legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act are seizing on comments made in 2012 by an MIT economist, often referred to as the law’s architect, to support their argument that only people who buy health coverage through a state exchange – not exchanges run by the federal government – can get tax credits towards the cost of premiums (Radnofsky and Kendall, 7/25).Politico: An Obamacare Gotcha MomentOne of Obamacare’s chief architects, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, just handed conservatives a gotcha moment. Health law opponents and conservative academics are highlighting a two-year-old video of Gruber — who has advised both the Obama administration and then-Gov. Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health reform effort — in which he seems to agree that the law’s health insurance subsidies can’t be awarded through federal-run exchanges, only through the state-run markets (Winfield Cunningham, 7/25).The Boston Globe: Health Care Law Debate Heats UpJonathan Gruber, a major architect of the Affordable Care Act, twice made comments in 2012 that seem to support legal arguments advanced by opponents who are challenging the federal health insurance law in court. The remarks were captured in two separate recordings, one video and one audio, which bounced around social media Friday after surfacing on conservative websites. But Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor, said Friday that it was all a mistake (Freyer, 7/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Tape Recording Reveals Health Subsidy ‘Gotcha Moment’ For Health Law Architect