PCA collaborates with Silvernest on new housing initiative

Bill Conallen

Housemates of Philadelphia County is a new collaboration between Silvernest and Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) that addresses the growing need for affordable housing options in the city. Housemates allows the Silvernest platform to assist Philadelphia homeseekers by connecting them with local homeowners who have rooms available to rent.

PCA, with a 50-year history of improving the quality of life for older Philadelphians and people with disabilities, views this as another opportunity to assist older adults with the rising cost of housing in Philadelphia. Many of PCA’s consumers face significant challenges when seeking fair, safe and welcoming accommodations.

Housemates of Philadelphia County uses existing housing inventory to increase the availability of rooms for rent in the market. This offers home seekers more affordable housing options in an environment with steadily increasing housing prices and provides homeowners with an opportunity to generate supplementary income, allowing them to continue living in their preferred homes and communities.

Silvernest, a home-sharing subscription service, uses an online tool to facilitate the creation of profiles for both hosts and home seekers, enabling them to match based on preferences and location. The platform also supports communication between both parties, allows for background checks, and facilitates the creation of home-sharing
agreements. This further supports PCA’s goals to make the process of identifying affordable and stable housing easier for older residents and adults with disabilities and to promote independent aging within the community.

“We at PCA are committed to working alongside Silvernest to help simplify the search for affordable and secure housing for older adults who live in Philadelphia,” said Najja R. Orr, MBA, DBA, PCA President and CEO. “As PCA enters its 51st year of providing person-centered programs and services, we are dedicated to investigating and implementing new approaches to improve and enrich their lives.”

Overall, the collaboration between Silvernest and PCA seeks to create a win-win situation for hosts and home seekers contributing to the overall well-being of the community.


Home seekers and homeowners can call Silvernest at 720-703-9389 or visit https://info.silvernest.com/pca for more information. For more information about PCA’s housing services, call the PCA Helpline at 215-765-9040 or visit pcaCares.org/housemates.

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