“Chat and Chew” – 2013 Housing Services Forum



Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
2013 Housing Services Forum
“Chat and Chew”

Come enjoy this opportunity to meet and share housing information and ideas from other professionals.

Presentation will be provided by the following:

Philly Artist Against Violence – This collaborative endeavor uses music and youth’s love of music to promote mentorship, apprenticeships and networking. They work as big brothers and sisters to at risk youth.

“Birth the Treasure Within”- Life is filled with diversity, challenges and obstacles. Come learn from Karen L. Ross how to overcome life obstacles and seize the moment.

Open Group Discussion on Hot Topics

Lastly, lunch will be provided to all attendees at NO cost.

Host: Robert Butcher rbutcher@phfa.org

Location: Sharswood Townhouses II
1450 North 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121

When: Thursday, November 14th, 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Phone: 610 270 1560

Street Parking is Available

PA Housing Services Conference at the Scranton Hilton

In 1887, Scranton was Pennsylvania s first city with a successful pioneer trolley line and Scranton became known as the Electric City when electric lights were introduced at Dickson Locomotive Works in 1880.

Scranton is also home to a regional branch of Dunder Mifflin, the fictional paper company featured in the television series The Office. Scranton is a great venue to host the conference. There are so many options to choose from in the city andthe surrounding area. The Steamtown Mall just a few short blocks away from the conference venue, and avast choice of restaurants, cinema, and sightseeing all within a comfortable walking distance. Or for adifferent adventure hop in your car and visit attractions that are just around the corner or within a few miles of the Hilton Scranton Conference Center. These include some of the following:

Steamtown National Historic Site

Lackawanna County Coal Mine

Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum

Electric City Trolley Station and Museum

Houdini Museum

Snow Cove and Montage Mountain

Scranton Railrider s Baseball Stadium

Think about it, this is a great opportunity to come to the eastern part of PA, network, learn and experience and get acquainted with your peers and an exciting part of PA. Even better bring family or friends and extend your stay to make it a great June vacation in the Scranton/Poconos! Within a short driving distance you will find top-notch swimming, white-water rafting, kayaking, bicycling, canoeing, zip-lining and other outdoor adventures. This area is known for great antique and flea markets on the weekends as well. For more information about sponsorship, the marketplace of vendors or to get on our mailing list please email: housingservices@phfa.org

2014 Qualified Allocation Plan Approved, Cycle 1 Applications Due November 8

The 2014 QAP has been approved. PHFA hosted an informational meeting and developers are working hard on their applications for the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program. The approved QAP can be found at: http://www.phfa.org/developers/default.aspx

Know your Local Lead Agency

PHFA encourages developers to partner with Local Lead Agencies to establish a referral system for targeted units in their developments (see LIHTC guidance on affordable and accessible units, and Tab 12). By serving in a clearinghouse role for a variety of service provider agencies in the county, Local Lead Agencies can provide qualified referrals for available units in a timely and efficient fashion. For a list of DPWdesignated county Local Lead Agencies, go to:


and scroll down to Department of Public Welfare

and click to access pdf list of Lead Agencies.

Scams Affecting Medicare Open Enrollment and the Federal Insurance Marketplace

It is important to be aware of scammers appearing as the Medicare Open Enrollment runs from Oct 15-Dec 7, 2013, and the Federal Insurance Marketplace opens enrollment on Oct 1- Dec 31, 2013. Remember these tips:

Don t provide numbers for Medicare, Social Security, Credit Card, Bank Account Information or Birthdates to anyone

Unsolicited telephone calls or cold of any kind should not be responded to-keep a record of anyone who contacts you with their name, organization, contact info, phone, address and website, and time/date of call

Beware of online fake insurance exchanges or marketers trying to sell health information in an educational setting it is not legal to do so

Verify that insurance agents are licensed through your State Department of Insurance

For more tips or information, go to www.healthcare.gov or call APPRISE at 800.783.7067 to discuss free, objective information on Medicare plan options in your area.

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