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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.



    • Sign up for Home Matters Day on June 12

      Monday, June 12th Harrisburg Capitol – 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please join us to educate and advocate for increasing housing resources, ending homelessness, and eradicating blight in PA. We have the solutions now to make it so! 10:00 a.m. Legislative Visits 11:30 a.m. Media Event in the Capitol Rotunda 12:00 p.m. Lunch 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. Legislative Visits REGISTER HERE   Then …more

    • 2008-2017 State Budget Chart updated April 6, 2017

      Revised 4/6/17 Figures are rounded. 1 Tax Credit; part of the Tax code not the Budget. 2 Also included in HSDF Block Grant. 3 2012-2013 through 2016-2017 funded from the Homeowner Assistance Settlement Fund, not General Fund. 4 Funded from Act 13 Impact Fees. Minimum of $5 M but by formula the amount has been …more

    • Governor Wolf Announces New PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing across Pennsylvania

      Press Release from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office Published: April 13, 2017 Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. This funding is a portion of the Realty Transfer Tax earmarked through Act 58 …more

    • Governor Wolf announces recipients of PHARE funding

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRESS CONTACT Victoria Bourret, Communications and Project Manager Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania 215-576-7044 victoria@housingalliancepa.org Date: April 13, 2017 Harrisburg, PA- Today $12 million was awarded to 68 programs and projects across 38 counties in Pennsylvania to expand the availability of homes within reach of low wage workers and people on fixed incomes. …more

    • Report: Best Practices in Early Care and Education for Young Children Experiencing Homelessness

      Report By: Prepared for Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) by William Curran-Groome, Research & Evaluation Group, Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia, PA Published: March 2017 Executive Summary: In late 2016, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and Education (ED) published a joint policy statement concerning the needs …more

    • In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear

      By: Yamiche Alcindor Published: April 2, 2017 KINSMAN, Ohio — For years, Tammy and Joseph Pavlic tried to ignore the cracked ceiling in their living room, the growing hole next to their shower and the deteriorating roof they feared might one day give out. Mr. Pavlic worked for decades installing and repairing air-conditioning and heating …more

    • Webinar Recording: Medicaid and Supportive Housing Services

      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.  Learn about the progress made on …more

    • First housing development for homeless LGBTQ youths planned for Philly

      By: Katie Colaneri Published: March 23, 2017 Nasir Fears first told his grandmother he was gay when he was 14-years old. She didn’t throw him out, but she made it clear she didn’t accept his sexuality. “And I had left,” he said. “And it was like ok, just do… whatever. Like, nobody actually really cared.” …more

    • The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

      By: Kirk Carapezza Published: March 15, 2017 Update: New survey results out today show that the rates of hungry and homeless students at community colleges across the country are higher than previously thought. The results, published by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, show that one third of community college students go hungry and 14 …more

    • Webinar Recording: Loans and Grants for Homelessness, Special Needs, and Home Repair Programs

      Learn about the FHLBank of Pittsburgh’s Affordable Housing Program (AHP) which provides grants and subsidized loans up to $650,000 per project for costs associated with the acquisition, construction or rehabilitation of single or multi-family housing for individuals and families.  AHP provides a flexible source of funding, that works well with other funding sources, offers a …more