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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.



    • Renters unite to demand affordable housing

      By: Kerry Cardoza Published: September 22, 2016 The lack of affordable housing across the country has gained increasing attention in recent months. A report released earlier this year by the personal finance website SmartAsset found that in 12 of the top 15 US cities, rents had increased from 2015 to 2016. In some places, rent …more

    • Elizabethtown man moves out of his van and makes Lancaster County first in nation to end chronic homelessness

      By: Jeff Hawkes, Lancaster Online Published: September 22, 2016 Claude Dimeler Jr., living in a battered Dodge van, considered himself resourceful, not homeless. A one-time auto mechanic and arcade manager, Dimeler, 67, scoured northwestern Lancaster County for recyclable scrap metal to supplement his monthly $610 Social Security check. He slept on a built-in bed in …more

    • Help send 1 million messages to get housing on the agenda

      By Angela Boyd, Make Room Campaign Published: September 20, 2016 It’s here! Today we are publicly launching our campaign to send 1 Million Messages to tell Congress America’s housing affordability crisis needs to be at the top of their agenda. (Thanks for hanging in there with us while we worked out a couple of bugs.) Many …more

    • Homeless services collaborate to streamline outreach

      By: Diana Nelson Jones Published: September 12, 2016 The flat neighborhoods of the North Side have a homeless problem, and sometimes, as neighbors, we have a compassion problem. When you see so many bed rolls under trees and the detritus that spills over from people trying to live outdoors, you have to work on your …more

    • PHARE Information- Updated September 2016

      Access an updated PHARE memo and a revised budget chart. Both reflect the new Realty Transfer Tax money and the memo describes the process for both RTT and the NHTF money.

    • Midstate homeless students prepare to go back to school

      By: Dawn White Published: August 22, 2016 “It was difficult walking all over the city,” Crummel said. It was also difficult being a 16-year-old homeless mother. “You would never know. My friends never knew that I was going through what I went through. My dad didn’t even know because I was too ashamed to tell …more

    • NLIHC analyzes NHTF maximum rents

      By: NLIHC Published: August 22, 2016 HUD published maximum allowable rents for the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) in July (Memo, 7/25). An NLIHC analysis reveals that, if HTF rents are set at the maximums allowed, in most counties in the country many extremely low income (ELI) households in HTF-supported homes will be cost burdened, …more

    • Housing and community development advocates warn Congress about impacts of a long-term continuing resolution

      By: NLIHC Published: August 15, 2016 The Campaign for Housing and Community Development (CHCDF) delivered a statement to Members of Congress explaining why a long-term stopgap funding measure, known as a continuing resolution (CR), puts the FY17 affordable housing budget at risk. CHCDF urged lawmakers to enact clean, full-year FY17 spending bills for HUD and …more

    • HUD, DOJ, and HHS release joint letter providing information regarding access to federally funded life-saving services and housing for immigrants

      By: HUD Exchange Published: August 11, 2016 Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a joint letter reminding recipients of federal funds how the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 applies …more

    • Resources for Financing and Operating Affordable Housing for Extremely Low Income Households

      By: NLIHC Published: August 15, 2016 NLIHC’s national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Developer Advisory Group recently published two briefs on strategies for funding extremely low income (ELI) housing and on options and considerations related to using operating assistance and operating assistance reserves for HTF projects. These resources cover options and considerations related to financing and operating …more