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Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

coordinates a broad range of services that help older Philadelphians live as independently as possible.  Founded in 1973, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), is the fourth largest in a nationwide network of Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), and the largest in Pennsylvania. Brought into being by the federal Older Americans Act, these AAAs are mandated to “facilitate the area-wide development and implementation of a comprehensive, coordinated system for providing long-term care in home and community-based settings, in a manner responsive to the needs and preferences of older individuals and their family caregivers.”

 

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Since most people prefer to stay in their own homes and live independently for as long as they can, there is a need for programs that cover services and supports in that setting. To meet that need, federal and state government agencies have collaborated to develop several programs that will arrange for extended services and supports to be provided in home and community-based settings. Whether or not you are eligible for these programs will depend on your income and resources; your need for assistance; and the availability of funds. In some circumstances, these programs will supplement coverage you have through traditional sources.

 

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Advanced Care Support Services

Advanced Care Support helps to plan for the care needed when someone is experiencing limitations that prevent the person from caring for him/herself.  We provide coordination for client access to various community based services.  The goal of the ACSC staff is to assist older adults and disabled individuals to remain in their own homes as long as possible.  We are organized as the local agent of the PA Department of Aging, whose broad goal is to provide comprehensive services to help those in need to maintain independence in their homes and communities.  Our consumers are those with the greatest needs and fewest resources.

 

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The Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP)

is an initiative of Philadelphia area college students who house men experiencing homelessness during the coldest months of the winter and help connect them to the services they need to climb out of homelessness.