HE-HO: Artists' Health & Housing Fair for the Community

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Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:00PM - 6:00PM


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Kingsley Association

6435 Frankstown Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

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Event Registration

Ticket Type Price
"Are You Single...Payer?" Workshop (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.) Free
“I Got It Covered!” Workshop (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Free
Health Brokering, What is it? Workshop (3:00 - 4:00 p.m.) Free
Every Artist Insured: Navigating Health Care Reform - Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (NYC) Presentation (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.) Free
Homebuyers Workshop - Dollar Bank(1:00 - 2:00 pm) Free
Home Improvement - Urban Redevelopment Authority (4:00 - 5:00 pm) Free
Home buying Education workshop – Neighbor Works (3:00 – 4:00 pm) Free
Larimer Vision to Action Plan (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Free

Event Details

 Health Programming           Housing Programming           Arts Programming            Vendors           Free Screenings

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What is HE-HO, and why are we doing this?

We know that regional economic growth is powered by creative people, including artists and other "free agents," who prefer cities that are diverse, tolerant, and open to new ideas. Diversity increases the odds that a place will attract and retain creative people with varied skill sets and ideas, resulting in higher rates of innovation, job generation, and economic growth.  But for "creatives," including artists, to create these impacts, their basic living needs - affordable housing and adequate health care - must be met.  

GPAC's inaugural Health & Housing (HE-HO) Fair for Artists, held on Saturday, November 16 from noon - 6 p.m. at the Kingsley Association, will bring artists face-to-face with local healthcare and housing experts and providers.  Through vendors and well-organized seminars, HE-HO will prepare our community of artists for the forthcoming health care reform, the Affordable Care Act, and empower our creative community with the right knowledge on mortgage lending and fair housing by gaining information about buying, renovating, or retrofitting a property.  HE-HO will offer free screenings, educational resources, seminars, one-on-one meetings, performances and hands-on activities. Child care will be available on-site.

Health Programming

Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Community Room 1st Floor

In addition to these seminars and workshops, performances, screenings, educational multimedia, table vendors, and more will be going on throughout the day.

"Are You Single...Payer?"  Workshop (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.)
Have you heard of single-payer, but still don’t know what it is?  Doctor and advocate, Scott Tyson, will offer an overview of single-payer universal health care, including a glimpse into the current political debate.  He’ll be joined by co-founder of the Thomas Merton Center and legendary activist, Molly Rush.  Unlike France, Germany, Canada, and the UK, America does not provide health care to all its citizens.  Tyson’s advocacy group Health Care 4 All PA wants to change that.  Learn about this crucial social justice movement and SB400 - The single-payer bill that would save PA $17 billion annually and create over 100,000 jobs, while providing universal health care coverage to everyone.

“I Got It Covered!” Workshop (2:00 - 3:00 p.m.)
Obamacare is here!  Are you covered?  Erin Ninehouser of PHAN (Pennsylvania Health Access Network) will give an overview of Obamacare, specifically how you can score affordable health care in PA.  Topics also include the politics around Obamacare and the Medicaid Expansion.  70% of people eligible for tax credits don’t know it.   Ninehouser will also talk about how you can become an advocate in your community and help your uninsured family, friends, and neighbors get the health care they need.

Health Brokering, What is it? Workshop (3:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
The passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) aka “Obamacare” is the arguably the most significant legislation to be passed since Medicare in 1965.  At close to 1,000 pages in length, it is also among the most complex and misunderstood pieces in legislative history. We will be discussing the law and, more importantly, answering these and any other questions that you may have.  It is our goal to have you leave this meeting confident that, while you may not be completely ready to navigate this process alone, you will know where to turn for help. J. Seltzer and Associates will present this session. Questions this session will address:

  • Where do I get health insurance?
  • What are the “marketplaces”?
  • How do I know the difference between policies?
  • How do I afford health insurance?
  • What happens if I choose not to buy health insurance?

Every Artist Insured: Navigating Health Care Reform - Artists Health Insurance Resource Center (NYC) Presentation - (4:00 - 5:00 p.m.)

Workshop topics:

  • Navigating health care reform
  • Applying for Government programs
  • Finding affordable health insurance and health care
  • Getting insured despite a pre-existing condition
  • Lowering the cost of medications
    About The Artists Health Insurance Resource Center: 
    AHIRC, a program of The Actors Fund, was created in 1998 with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts to help people in entertainment and the arts find affordable health care and health care coverage and reduce the number of uninsured artists. AHIRC offers in-person counseling in New York and Los Angeles, national telephone support, an internet resource Database (www.ahirc.org) with over a half-million visitors each year and over 100 Getting and Keeping Health Insurance workshops held at arts, cultural and human services organizations throughout the country.

Full Day Screening of Healthy Artists (the movie!), in the Kingsley Association lobby
Back in July, this homegrown documentary received a sold-out screening at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  Here’s a chance to catch it at HE-HO!  This 30-minute film showcases the collaborative effort of over 30 Pittsburgh artists to unite the community for health care reform.  Many artists and creative freelancers are uninsured and lack access to affordable, quality health care.  The film offers a glimpse into the art studios and lives of top Pittsburgh creatives such as Laurie Trok, Jim Rugg, Seth Clark, Andy Scott, Julie Sokolow, Brett Yasko, and Steph Neary, and provides education and inspiration on how a grassroots movement can take off on a national-level.  Film by Garret Jones and Anthony DeAngelis.
About Healthy Artists: Healthy Artists is aPittsburgh-based organization focused on artists, their work, and their health care stories. They produce a documentary series, a written series, special events and creative projects, all in the pursuit of justice in health care in the US.

Be Well! Pittsburgh
Be Well! Pittsburgh booklets, detailing hundreds of Health Resources in the greater Pittsburgh area, will be distributed at HE-HO. The information was listed online at www.bewellpgh.org  The information in the booklet and on the website was compiled using some existing resources and through additional research, as well as through information from health care providers themselves. All resources must be free or offered at reduced cost for uninsured persons. Be Well! continues to revise, update, print and distribute the booklets as funds allow.  We also continually revise and update the website. We act as a reference source to individuals and service providers, participate in community events, and hold community information sessions on health care resources for uninsured people.
About Be Well! Pittsburgh: Be Well!  was founded in 2005 and was originally funded by a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund. The Seed Award supported the printing of 6,000 copies of a resource booklet entitled Be Well! Healthcare Options for the Uninsured. The booklet was distributed in public venues and through social service organizations in Pittsburgh. Its release was launched at a community health fair at the Quiet Storm Coffeehouse during the summer of 2006. Be Well Pittsburgh! collaborates with health care consumers, health care providers, social service providers and community organizations to improve uninsured Pittsburghers’ awareness of and access to health care resources.

Free Screenings
Free screening provided by Highmark, Hilltop Health Center and Pittsburgh Aids Task Force. 


Housing Programming
Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Seminar Training room 2nd Floor

Home Buying workshops at the Kinglsey Association throughout the day will provide answers to questions about how to finance, purchase, and affordably renovate a property.

Homebuyers Workshop - Dollar Bank(1:00 - 2:00 pm)
We’ll show you how you can own your own home, including information about:

  • Credit counseling and restoration programs*
  • Grant money for closing costs*
  • Affordable mortgage and down payment options
  • Programs to help public housing residents,section 8 tenants and renters (Minimum annual family income requirements)
  • Your free credit report including an evaluation

    Workshop presented by present by Judith Mason and Ray Garofalo

Larimer Vision to Action Plan - presented by Lincoln-Larimer Consensus Group (2:00 - 3:00 pm)

Learn about the greening of Lincoln-Larimer from members of the Lincoln-Larimer Consensus group. The Larimer Consensus Group was formed to bring representatives from the community together. Learn about various issues of community planning and development: Join a study group! Study groups are being formed to educate residents and partners about various issues of community planning and development. 


Home Buying Education Workshop - NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania  (3:00pm - 4:00pm) 

We are all a blank canvas waiting for the big picture to happen!

Drawing a blank when it comes to the steps to homeownership?  Let us help you take the steps to prepare you for successful homeownership.  This one hour presentation will begin to help you understand the steps you will need to take before calling a realtor, and before meeting with a lender.

NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania is a non-profit organization with over 14 satellite offices serving Western Pennsylvania.  We provide Free Financial and Homebuyer Education Workshops, Credit and Budget Counseling as well as Anti- Predatory Lending Prevention and Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling and Mitigation. Check out our office on the 2nd Floor of the Kingsley Center. Workshop presented by Margie Howard.

Urban Redevelopment Authority (4:00 - 5:00 pm)

The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh has the best home improvement loan program anywhere called the Pittsburgh Home
Rehabilitation Program with a 0% interest rate for income qualified individuals.

  • Home Improvement Loan Program
  • Keystone Renovation and Repair Program

Presented by Jenny Kohnfelder, Manager, Consumer Programs and Finance Specialist, Jarmele Fairclaugh.


Full List of Vendors

50/50 Raffle

Buy raffle tickets for a chance to win some moolah towards either your Health Care plan or a downpayment on a house. 
1 ticket for a dollar or 3 tickets for $ 2 dollars.

Arts Programming

Full List of Events

Exhibition of artists' posters designed for the film, Healthy Artists. On view in the Kingsley Association.

Film screening of Healthy Aritsts (the movie), the 30 minute documentary about how Pittsburgh artists united for healthcare, screened throughout the day in the Kingsley Association. 


Bling Your Cane...with the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.
Visit O.R.C.A., Organized Relaxation Curative Activities for a massage or yoga.

Jazz vocals by Anqwenique Wingfield 
at noon Phat Man Dee at 12:30 pm
Poets Nikki Allen, Grits Capone and Christina Springer throughout the day!
Musical entertainment by the band Delicious Pastries at 5:00 p.m. 
HE-HO imagery created by artist, Lizzee Solomon

HE-HO gratefully acknowledges its sponsors

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This local project is modeled on The Artists' Health Fair in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, created by Springboard for the Arts.

Hosted By

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council