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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.



    • Webinar Recording: Landlords Needed to End Veteran Homelessness!

      Webinar: July 28, 2016 We owe a great debt of gratitude to our nations service men and women. And once that service is over, the least we can do is ensure that all veterans have a safe, decent, affordable place to call home. Unfortunately, On any given night in Allegheny County, 156 veterans, including some with families, experienced …more

    • Medicaid Crosswalk

      The Corporation for Supportive Housing conducted a crosswalk of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program that looked at current services and highlighted areas to strengthen the program. Conducting interviews with service providers showed that people could stay in housing and stay healthy if Medicaid made a cost-effective commitment to supportive housing services. Executive Summary of Crosswalk Medicaid Crosswalk

    • Advocates call on state to strengthen supportive housing

      By: Radio Pennsylvania Published: July 23, 2016 (Harrisburg) — A report released this week calls on Pennsylvania to make changes to its Medicaid plan that could help the state fight its addiction crisis. Advocates with the Housing as Health Campaign say there is a large body of evidence showing a combination of housing with services …more

    • Webinar Recording: Medicaid, Supportive Housing Services and the Crosswalk

      Webinar: July 26, 2016 Medicaid, in its expanded form, creates new opportunities for more people to get connected to the care and services they need to be healthy.  However, Medicaid in PA could be stronger, when it comes to linking vulnerable people with housing in order to help them manage their medical conditions. The Corporation …more

    • Webinar Recording: Win – Win: Property Managers Meet Homelessness – BEST of HWR 2015

      Webinar: July 22, 2016 Learn about an innovative method to end homelessness.  Hear how HUD has partnered with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the Veterans Administration (VA) the Continuums of Care (CoCs) and nonprofits to work with owners and management companies to accept referrals of qualified homeless applicants who come with a package of …more

    • Endorsement of the HR 550 Recommendations on Permanently Reducing and Eliminating Homelessness

      The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, in partnership with the Homeless Action Network (HAPPN) and statewide community partners, is proud to have served an instrumental role on the HR550 Joint State Government Commission Advisory Committee. We wholeheartedly concur with the recommendations laid out in the plan and intend to work diligently with the Pennsylvania legislature and …more

    • Tiny houses a growing trend

      By: The Press Enterprise Published: July 23, 2016 UNITYVILLE — Father-and-son building partners have formed their own company, trying to latch on to the national trend of tiny houses. Local builders Nick and Aaron Troisi recently completed their first tiny house as part of the launch of The Unknown Craftsmen. “Tiny houses are right up …more

    • Phyllis Chamberlain to give testimony at a public hearing with Rep. Donna Bullock on Fair Chance Housing

      By: Housing Alliance of PA Published: July 20, 2016 State Representative Donna Bullock is  hosting a House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing on Fair Chance Housing on Wednesday, July 20 at 3 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art-Perelman Building’s Café, 2525 Pennsylvania Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130. The hearing focuses on Representative Bullock’s legislation that …more

    • Applicants kept waiting for veterans home that had open beds

      By: Paul Muschick Published: July 17, 2016 The federal government isn’t alone in failing to provide top-notch service to aging and ill veterans and their spouses. Pennsylvania’s system could do better, too, state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in a recent audit. Applicants were out of order on waiting lists for some of the state’s …more

    • U.S. Senate passes H.R. 3700: Housing Opportunities Through Modernization Act

      By: CSH Published: July 15, 2016 CSH and our partners were heavily involved in the early stages of crafting H.R. 3700 and the advocacy efforts that followed. The Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, which passed the U.S. Senate last night, contains provisions that would increase the efficiency and effectiveness of critical rental assistance programs serving …more