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File #: 180847    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 9/27/2018 In control: Committee on Aging
On agenda: Final action: 9/27/2018
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Aging to hold public hearings to examine emergency protocols that ensure the safety of senior citizens residing in traditional community high-rises.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Oh
Attachments: 1. Signature18084700.pdf
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Aging to hold public hearings to examine emergency protocols that ensure the safety of senior citizens residing in traditional community high-rises.

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WHEREAS, In its special study, "65+ in the United States: 2010", the United States Census Bureau reports that approximately 1.25 million people aged 65 and over reside in a nursing home. The Census Bureau also found that over 90% of Medicare enrollees aged 65 and over reside in the "traditional community". Facilities of this variety are considered normal homes and apartment buildings, and are not subject to the kinds of special state and federal regulations that govern nursing facilities; and

WHEREAS, City officials in September 2018 were made aware of an issue at the Pavilion Apartment Building, located at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue. According to seniors residing at the property, Pavilion operated without power for a series of days due to an owner-related issue. Residents indicated that they were not informed of the severity of the problem, nor were they kept up to date about the progress of repairs. A number of residents also indicated that no comprehensive wellness checks were undertaken to assess the health of the building's senior occupants. Some residents reported that they were unable to quickly leave the property due to the outage's impact on the elevators. Thanks to the quick intervention of the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Licenses and Inspections, and other City agencies and offices, power was restored; and

WHEREAS, The high-rise in question advertises itself as a "pet-friendly, Section 8/Tax Credit community for adults 62 /disabled." Section 8 refers to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program created in 1974, now known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV). Administered in Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), the HCV is the Federal government's major program for assisting very lo...

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