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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.



    • A life-changing app grows in Pittsburgh: Nonprofits, government, corporations, and homeless youth team up for a solution

      By: Mari Rich, ICPH Published: Fall 2016/Winter 2017 “My life would undoubtedly have been much easier had BigBurgh.com existed when I was homeless,” Grace Enick asserts. Enick—who spent much of her teens and early 20s battling depression, untreated trauma, and addiction—was referring to a new mobile-optimized website aimed at connecting Pittsburgh residents in need with …more

    • USICH Releases Criteria and Benchmarks for Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

      By: U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Published: January 13, 2017 After a lengthy collaborative development process that included numerous opportunities for input and guidance from stakeholders, communities, and national organizations, USICH and its federal partners are pleased to release the criteria and benchmarks for achieving the goal of ending family homelessness and youth homelessness. Review the …more

    • How Trump’s tax plan Could Hurt Affordable Housing In PA cities

      By: Eleanor Klibanoff Published: January 2, 2017 Across the United States generally, and Pennsylvania cities specifically, there’s a constant, gnawing issue that worries elected leaders, social service agencies and the poor alike. There’s not enough affordable housing and it often feels like there never will be. But there would be a lot less affordable housing …more

    • Show Me Healthy Housing: Year One Evaluation Report

      By: Josh Leopold, Sade Adeeyo, Mychal Cohen, and Lily Posey The Urban Institute Published: December 14, 2016 This report highlights the successes and challenges of permanent supportive housing projects funded as part of the Missouri Foundation for Health’s Show Me Healthy Housing (SMHH) program. In 2014, the Missouri Foundation created SMHH and awarded more than …more

    • FY2016 CoC Competition Grants

      By: HUD Published: December 20, 2016 This report displays all of the homeless assistance projects awarded in HUD’s FY2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program competition. Approximately $1.95 billion has been awarded for new and renewal projects. This list includes all projects that were awarded, including those ranked in Tier 1 and Tier 2. These reports are …more

    • Department of Human Services seeks comments on ODP Waiver

      The Department of Human Services, Office of Developmental Programs, has published proposed revisions to the Home and Community Based Services waiver. The current waiver expires July 1, 2017, and a new waiver request must be submitted to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services by March 30. Supportive …more

    • Webinar Recording: Head Start and Services for Families and Children Experiencing Homelessness

      Webinar on December 16, 2016 Learn how Pennsylvania will implement new rules for Head Start that eliminate barriers faced by 4,000 young children ages 0 to 5 years old in Pennsylvania. Helping a 4-year old homeless child get into Head Start can be a significant challenge because of administrative barriers. Hear about how the federal government is …more

    • Federal Housing Policies And How They May Shift During The Trump Administration

      By: NPR, The Diane Rehm Show Published: December 7, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump has tapped retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Some say Carson will bring a fresh perspective, but others question the choice. Carson has no housing policy background and had taken himself out of the running …more

    • Audit: Vague guidelines led to improper spending of Pa.’s impact fees

      By Laura Legere / Harrisburg Bureau Published: December 6, 2016 Weak oversight and unclear limits in Pennsylvania’s impact fee law have allowed some local governments to spend the money in ways that have little to do with addressing the natural gas drilling-related pressures the funds were meant to offset, according to a report released Tuesday …more

    • Task force to tackle homeless issues, including panhandling

      By: Julia Terruso Published: November 24, 2016 On any given night in Philadelphia, about 700 people sleep on city streets, park benches, and sidewalks. Mayor Kenney on Wednesday launched a task force of public and private partners to figure out ways to crack down on panhandling and provide better aid to the homeless, including meal services. …more