Housing advocates have sent a letter to Harrisburg asking Gov. Tom Corbett and the Legislature to spare housing programs in the upcoming budget. Corbett is set to give his first budget address early next month.
Signed by 140 groups led by the Housing Alliance, the letter urges Corbett to continue funding housing programs as a way to prevent people from winding up in other more costly social service programs.
“There’s a lot of dollars-and-cents kinds of decisions here that might not be obvious to someone who really hasn’t see it before,” said Liz Hersh, executive director of the Housing Alliance.
“So that is the kind of thing we’re trying to let them know about so they can make informed decisions,” she said. “They are just trying to do the right thing and we are just trying to help them out.”
Hersh cited as an example a program that retrofits homes to keep senior citizens from having to go into assisted living or a nursing home. She said the costs of retrofitting would be far less than paying for a nursing home bed.