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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.



    • How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?

      By: Judy Perlman Published: October 14, 2016 FACT: Rates of homelessness in the U.S. remained essentially unchanged between 2008-2012. This is surprising indeed, especially against the backdrop of a recession that had its origins in the housing market, and in which tens of thousands of homeowners lost their homes. Evan Horowitz made an important contribution …more

    • Report: Housing Spotlight: A Long Wait for a Home

      By: NLIHC Published: October 12, 2016 Yesterday, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released Housing Spotlight: A Long Wait for a Home — a report that analyzes the current state of Housing Choice Vouchers (HCV) and public housing waiting lists across the country. The report spotlights the problems around HCV waiting lists and its systemic …more

    • Aligning Early Childhood Programs to Serve Children Experiencing Homelessness

      NAEHCY just released two new resources. They will help multiple groups understand the changes due to ESSA, new Head Start Performance Standards and new Child Care Regulations as they pertain to services for young children experiencing homelessness. The following section is from the new message release: Pulling it All Together: Strategies and Tools It is …more

    • Housing affordability still makes us feel insecure, a survey shows

      By: Alan J. Heavens Published: October 9, 2016 In this job, I regularly receive email and telephone calls that qualify as balderdash. This I define as questionable information, typically involving online surveys from groups I have never heard of, sent in the hope that I will publish them as “click bait” without checking further than …more

    • Denied housing or a job due to a misdemeanor? New Pa. law can limit access to criminal histories

      By  Wallace McKelvey Published: October 04, 2016 Pennsylvanians will soon be able to put nonviolent offenses in their rear-view mirror. A new law taking effect Nov. 14 would allow residents with certain second- and third-degree misdemeanors to petition the court to limit access to their criminal records. The order is available for individuals who’ve had no …more

    • Pennsylvania creates online housing tool for counties to help remove barriers to housing access

      By: Kait Gillis Published: October 6, 2016 HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas and Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Executive Director and CEO Brian Hudson announced the launch of an online tool to remove barriers to accessing housing called Prescreening, Assessment, Intake, and Referral (PAIR). “DHS is …more

    • Tools to Help Clients Exit Institutions and Access Housing – An Update on Progress in Implementing the State Department of Human Services Housing Strategy

      Recorded: September 29, 2016 In July, we heard from DHS to kick off their first ever 5 Year Housing Strategy. Now learn how you can help your clients exiting institutions to access community based housing. the Housing is critical to a person’s health and well-being.   The webinar will provide a brief update on key …more

    • 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