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Supportive Housing Resources, Free Training-> Get $400 tax free stipend. Visit us Today to find out how!

Get $400 by just calling.. now! Resources to Empower Women and Youth, can be obtained right here at Victory Women in Development Association(ViWiDA)USA. 

At ViWiDA-USA You can get information for Youth, Women and Seniors; as well as, Affordable housing, Mental Health, and other vital information for Older Americans, Veterans and the public at large. ViWiDA brings it all under one roof and sometimes in an article like this one. We make information easier for your access. 

And, This is how we motivate people in the age range of 55 and older to get $400 tax free stipend. 

— COURTESY and Appreciation to the  PHFA’s Housing Services Conferences and Events

Now, to get that $400 tax free stipend
Foster Grandparents-Philadelphia Seniors, age 55 or older, are sought as role models, mentors and tutors for the city’s youth. Participants receive a tax-free stipend of $400, free transportation, and sick, vacation and personal leave days. If interested, call 215.685.3724.

Training Connections

May 7 —Living at Home with Arthritics webinar on symptoms and warning signs, diagnosis and treatment, tips for living with the disease, as well as helpful coping and support resources. Visit http://www.asaging.org/web-seminars/living-home-arthritis for more details
May 13— 7th Annual Where to Turn Resource Fair will be held in Pittsburgh from 8–12:30pm. The theme for the networking and info rich event for social service professionals is “Be the Change you Want to See.” For information and to register, visit http://american-healthcare.net/where-to-turn-resource-fair
May 13 — Maintenance Matters! is being presented by IREM and PennDel AHMA in Philadelphia. This training is designed for the maintenance professional. Visit http://penndelahma.org/Maintenance_Matters/MM14-home.html
June 10-12— Penn State Greensburg will be offering a free seminar, Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14: Facilitator Training. Participants will receive SFP 10-14 certification. Contact Anne Lail at 724-837-1402 or AML21@psu.edu or visit http://extension.psu.edu
June 27— Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic are sponsoring the 20th Case Management Conference. This year’s theme is “Poverty and Mental Illness—Can the Connection be Broken?” Visit http://www.wpic.pitt.edu/oerp/conferences for info or to register
September 19-20 — Sexuality, Intimacy & Aging Conference, Widener University, Chester. Details and registration at https://www.eventbrite.com


The National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) Educational Foundation is offering a scholarship to students living at an AHMA property. Deadline to submit applications is May 30, 2014. Application and guideline can be found at http://nahma.indatus.com/application/

Mortgages For Mothers, a program offered by Dollar Bank is holding a Free Home Buying Workshop for single mothers who dream of owning their own home. Child Care will be available. May 12, 2014 / Call 412.242.2700

A new report from the Center for Outcomes Research & Education Providence Health & Services, details how getting into stable housing resulted in a significant reduction in total health care costs. View the report here


The theme of 2014 Mental Health Month is “Mind your Health”. The goal is to build recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may

Resources for Seniors

This year’s theme for Older American’s Month is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.” The theme focuses on injury prevention and safety to encourage older adults to remain active and independent for as long as possible. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging office by visiting www.acl.gov to find opportunities to support older Americans.
Ursuline Money Management Program, supported by the Allegheny Co. Area on Aging. Trained volunteers meet one-on-one with seniors to help manage their finances and complete tasks such as balancing a checkbook and paying bills. To find out eligibility, call 412-224-4700

PA Women Veterans

Pennsylvania female service members and veterans of all military branches and components are invited to attend the PA Women Veterans Symposium slated for June 6-8, 2014, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Pittsburgh. To register visit http://www.portal.state.pa.us/1702


Department of Veterans Affairs Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas (HRTG) Program, application deadline May 27, 2014. Provides grants to assist veterans in rural areas travel to VA medical centers and to other VA and non-VA facilities. Details at http://www.grants.gov and search for grant using CFDA Number 64.035
Financial Help for Veterans: For more information on financial assistance available to Veterans and their families visit: www.familyofavet.com/financials

THANKs TO THE COURTESY OF PHFA’s Housing Services Conferences and Events

Free Housing Services Forum with Continental brunch in Phila!

Please don’t miss out on this free forum! You can learn a lot about new and innovative programs available in Philadelphia.                         In addition,  get a free continental brunch, which will be served and parking is also available.
When: Thursday, April 24th, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1450 North 21 Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121
Host: Robert Butcher – rbutcher@phfa.org


2014 Philadelphia Housing Services Forum

Come enjoy this opportunity to learn about new and innovative programs available in Philadelphia and connect with other housing professionals.

Farm to Families Initiative – St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children and Community Based Organizations that address fresh food availability in Philadelphia.

Community Oral Health Initiative – St. Christopher’s Foundation for Children helps improve the oral health of children and families through education, early intervention and treatment.

DREAM Philadelphia – This new program to Philadelphia builds communities of families and college students that empower youth from affordable housing neighborhoods to recognize their options, make informed decisions, and achieve their dreams.

VillageDefense – Welcome to the future of neighborhood watch! Learn how the “Information Age” has changed the way crime can be reported in your neighborhood. Come see how instant communication and interconnectedness can make the streets safer.

Philadelphia Job Resources – A member of Congressman Chaka Fattah’s office will discuss numerous resources available to residents of the City of Philadelphia.



Gender-based Violence Remains Rampant in Zanzibar Isles-Tanzania

Attacks on women on the rise in the Isles, study says

According to the report released in Dar es Salaam yesterday, gender based violence remains rampant in the country

Tanzania Media Women’s Association board member Gladness Mnuo displays the Gender Based Violence 2013 report during its launch in Dar ers Salaam yesterday.

PHOTO | FIDELIS FELIX By Katare Mbashiru, The Citizen Reporter – Posted Thursday, February 20 2014 at 10:38  http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/Attacks-on-women-on-the-rise-/-/1840392/2214304/-/j7jkm1z/-/index.html 

Dar es Salaam. Rape, early pregnancy and early marriage have risen in Zanzibar at an alarming rate, a new survey has revealed.

According to the report released in Dar es Salaam yesterday, gender-based violence remains rampant in the country.

But the report by the Tanzania Media Women’s Association (Tamwa) says significant strides have been made in stamping out attacks on women in the past year.

Some regions where GBV was rampant have made remarkable progress since the 2012-2013 survey, said Tamwa board member Gladness Munuo.

She was speaking during the launching of the report at Tamwa headquarters in Dar es Salaam. On Tanzania Mainland, though, rape cases have risen in Dodoma and Babati districts.

The survey was preceded by investigative journalism training across the country with the support of the United Nations Population Fund, after which 30 journalists formed Journalists Against Gender-Based Violence (JAG) network.

On Tanzania Mainland, the research was carried out in Kahama (Shinyanga), Tarime (Mara), Sengerema (Mwanza), Newala (Mtwara), Mbulu (Manyara), Singida rural (Singida), Bariadi (Simiyu), Busega (Simiyu), Nkasi (Rukwa) and Dodoma (Dodoma).

Other chapters include Babati (Manyara), Chunya (Mbeya) and Bunda (Mara). In Zanzibar, the research was carried out in Mjini Magharibi, Kusini Pemba, Kaskazini Pemba, Unguja Kusini and Kaskazini Unguja.

The research focused on rape, female genital mutilation, beatings, abandonment of women and children, killing of elders, child marriage and pregnancy. Journalists from various media houses took part in the survey.

The journalists represented The Citizen, The Guardian, Mwananchi, Daily News, Zanzibar Leo, Nipashe, Majira and ITV.

Despite differing from one district to another, according to Ms Munuo, the findings revealed that there were districts where FGM was a major problem while in others abandonment of women was massive.

“Based on data that was collected and given that the main objective of the research is to wage war on GBV,” she added, “this report concentrates more on areas where the main issues that were being researched have been found to still be problematic.”

In Zanzibar, the findings established that 996 cases of GBV were recorded in the districts that were surveyed. They include rape (242), underage pregnancy (228) child marriage (42), abandonment of women and children (96) and beatings (388).

But the good news is that regions such as Mara and Singida registered a drop in GBV. In the last survey, 20 per cent of women in Singida Region reported being raped but no rape was recorded in the recent survey.


Funding Opportunities, Trainings, Conferences and Other Resources

Funding Opportunities

Due Dec 31 Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Grant

Fiskars is contributing to the community garden effort. Grants awarded up to $5,000. Schools & non-profits are encouraged to apply.  Due: December 31. Go to: http://www2.fiskars.com/Community/Project-Orange-Thumb?utm_campaign=November%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=Fiskars


Due Jan 15 American Association of University Women Community Action Grants

The AAUW is accepting applications for Community Action Grants of up to $10,000. Grants are available to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women. http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/community-action-grants/


Due Jan 15 Gates Millennium Scholars: Scholarship Program for Low-Income Minority Students

1,000 talented students each year are selected to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at the college or university of their choice. http://www.gmsp.org/


Due Jan 17 Keystone Communities Program

The Keystone Communities Program appropriation for FY 2013-14 is $11.3 million.  Applicants seeking Keystone Communities Program funding must submit an application to DCED no later than January 17.   The guidelines can be found on DCED’s website, search for Keystone Communities in the Funding & Programs section of NewPA.com.   http://www.newpa.com


Due Feb 3 HUD FY 2013-14 NOFA for Continuum of Care (CoC)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for its Fiscal Year 2013 and Fiscal Year 2014 Continuum of Care (CoC) NOFA Program Competition. http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/administration/grants/fundsavail


The Travis Manion Foundation – Challenge Grants

Provides grants, logistical assistance, coaching and mentoring to help Veterans and Service Members transition to civilian life and meet their personal goals. http://www.travismanion.org/challenge-grants/


Walmart Grants Available to Nonprofits

The Walmart Foundation supports programs from a local to national level that support hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women’s economic empowerment, and/or career opportunity. For information: http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants


Save-the Date! June 18-20, 2014          PHFA Housing Services Conference   

  Scranton Hilton and Conference Center

Pull out your 2014 calendar and Save the Date for the Annual PHFA Housing Services Conference coming to the Scranton Hilton and Conference Center June 18-20th. Use this opportunity to network with your fellow managers and service coordinators statewide.  You will surely learn with over 30 informative breakout sessions and 3 keynote speakers covering the most current topics pertinent to the Affordable Housing industry.  This is also a great chance to enjoy Northeast PA and the variety of great summer activities it offers.  Watch for upcoming conference details about this year’s “Watt’s Cooking in PA“ resident/property engagement project, the Showcase of Best Practices, and the work the Host Committee is planning for you to maximize your conference experience.

2014 Housing Services Conference Sponsor/Vendor RFP

Don’t miss the opportunity to share your products, services and resources with the affordable housing industry in PA by being an exhibitor.  To access the RFP, go to: http://www.phfa.org/forms/rfp/2014_sponsorship_marketplace_rfp.pdf

Dec 10 Mental Health First Aid Training- Beaver County

Beaver County Behavioral Health will sponsor a free Mental Health First Aid Training which is an interactive 8-hour certification course. It will be held at Beaver County 911 Center 351 14th Street Ambridge, 8:30 – 4:30.   For information or to register e-mail lindahall@etc-pa.com

Affordable Health Care Act Facts

The National Council of Aging has composed a fact sheet with a list of five things that you should know about the Affordable Care Act. Go to:  http://www.ncoa.org/assets/files/pdf/130812-5-key-facts.pdf


Housing Grants For Single Mothers – Which Ones Are Available?

If you are a single mother who is looking for help finding housing you may want to look into housing grants for single mothers. There are a number of programs that offer assistance to women that are in need of help getting into their own home while caring for children on their own.

Housing vouchers and grants are a great thing to look into if you need some help financially. This article will cover ways you can receive help. Here are a number of programs to look into if you fit this category.

The HOME Program

This program is run by HUD, the Housing and Urban Development branch of the Federal Government. This program is for working single mothers with low income. It helps provide strictly rent controlled places to live through an application process.

The Housing Choice Voucher Program

This is also known as the Section 8 Housing Program. In this case money is granted directly by the government to a landlord who will provide housing for a family in need of it. This program is also run by HUD.

The PHA Housing Grants

These grants are also known as vouchers. These vouchers are given out by state and local housing authorities and help to defer the amount of rent that is paid by the house owner based on need. This is a great way for a mother to create more options for housing.

Remember. The role of a single mother is really difficult. Aside from being a mother, she is also tasked to take the responsibility of being a father to her children.

Some people do not have the opportunity to get sufficient housing. It is also difficult for some families to provide the enough food and funds to their children. Consequently, these women need assistance from the government to for the basic provisions for their children.

Fortunately, the government is willing to provide assistance for single mothers through its different programs, like the ones mentioned above.

Housing assistance is a kind of help that all single mothers should see if they can get. Houses make up a majority of a families monthly payments. Receiving help on this kind of payment can help many families financially. Look around and see what kind of help is available for you with keeping the above organizations in mind. Remember, there are many possibilities that are available to you – find them!