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Help us Prevent Homelessness in Pennsylvania

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  
The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes.
The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.



    • Resource Site on Rapid Rehousing

      The National Alliance to End Homelessness has developed a number of resources for communities that are just starting to deploy rapid re-housing and those that want to strengthen their practices. Check them out here.

    • Federal Programs Fact Sheets

      We know that programs like HOME, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Housing Choice  Vouchers, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits make a real difference in people’s lives by offering them a safe and stable place to live.  These programs are successful and we need to make sure they continue to get adequate funding, so they …more

    • Webinar Recording: Briefing and Action Plan for District and DC Visits with Federal Congressional Delegation

      Learn about key issue areas, the particular asks we will be raising during the meetings, and major talking points. This webinar will help you feel comfortable enough to make the case for affordable homes and community development funding in 2017/2018.

    • State of the city: Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito rally around universal access to free legal services for tenants facing eviction in housing court

      By: NYC.gov Published: February 12, 2017 Additional $93 million provides all NYC tenants facing eviction access to free legal advice and low-income tenants with full legal representation Biggest city to offer universal access, available at the City’s Housing Court and through 311 NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito today announced …more

    • 2017 Housing Outlook: In Uncertain Times, Advocacy is Key

      By: Lancaster Pollard Published: February 10, 2017 Talk about uncertainty. Over the years, those in the affordable housing industry have dealt with their fair share of uncertainty—in the form of budget shortfalls, continuing resolutions, sequestration and more. As 2017 begins to unfold, however, the aura of uncertainty is perhaps stronger than ever as the prospect …more

    • Homeless teens in Berks: A hidden problem, parts 1 and 2

      Part 1 By: Amanda VanAllen Published: January 30, 2016 READING, Pa. – A hidden problem in Berks County is more common than you think. Homeless teenagers aren’t sleeping on benches or at shelters. They’re couch-surfing and staying with friends until they wear out their welcome. “I can’t tell you how many times I was just …more

    • How can America’s ageing stay in their homes?

      By: Mimi Kirk Published: January 3, 2017 The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies recently published a report with stunning statistics on housing and aging. By 2035, one in three U.S. households, versus today’s one in five, will be headed by someone 65 or older. This will also mean an American population with one in …more

    • Resources from CSH on supportive housing, ageing, criminal justice, and the opioid epidemic

      By: CSH Published: 2015/2016 Click on the publications below to learn more about the ageing homeless and supportive housing population, how supportive housing for the justice involved and people dealing with substance abuse can yield positive results, and the need for better access to healthcare in rural supportive housing communities. Healthy Ageing in Supportive Housing Toolkit …more

    • You Don’t Have to Live Here: Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring and 10 Things We Can Do About It

      By Tiffany Manuel , Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and Nat Kendall-Taylor, FrameWorks Institute Published: 2016 Description There is a general difficulty among the public to see housing as an issue that requires greater attention from policymakers, and people struggle to see the connection between housing, equity, and inclusive communities. To the extent that public support is necessary to …more

    • Reaching out: Community Action conducts annual homeless count

      By: Mike Tony Published: January 26, 2017 Local homeless persons walk into the doors of Fayette County Community Action every day. But on Wednesday, Community Action switched that dynamic by searching for them. Community Action conducted its annual Point-In-Time homeless count Wednesday afternoon and evening, dispatching staff, interns and volunteers all throughout the county to …more