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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.

 

News

    • 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

    • Homes Within Reach Powerpoint Presentations

      Thank you so much for attending Homes Within Reach and making this year’s conference a big success. Part of what makes the conference great is the wide variety of presenters sharing their knowledge and information in the workshop sessions. Every year, we share the information from the presentations, so you can refresh your memory and …more

    • Publication: Real People, Real Results

      A snapshot of how Pennsylvania’s State Housing Trust Fund PHARE is working. To read the publication, click here.

    • Homelessness in the U.S. was down slightly over the past year

      By: Pam Fessler Published: November 17, 2016 Homelessness in the U.S. declined over the past year. Even so, there were large increases in several cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle. Overall, almost 550,000 individuals were homeless on a single night earlier this year, according to a new report by the Department of Housing and Urban …more

    • Webinar Recording: Using PHARE Funds to Prevent and End Homelesness

      In light of our shared success in ensuring statewide funding for PHARE,  hear about PHFA’s recently released Request for Proposals for $12.668 million for the state housing trust fund. Given our collective goal of making homelessness rare, brief, and non-reoccurring we are excited to share a funding opportunity with you. These funds can be used for homeless services such …more

    • Urge Your Legislator to Pass a Full Budget for Housing and Community Development Programs

      You- our valued supporter, are critical to the work we do- ensuring that all Pennsylvanians have a home within reach. The Housing Alliance is proud to have a broad and diverse network and we all  agree that our fellow citizens deserve safe, decent and affordable  homes . As we gear up for 2017, now more …more

    • Joint policy statement on meeting the needs of families with young children experiencing and at risk of homelessness released

      By: Administration for Children and Families Published: October 28, 2016 Homelessness in the United States is a complex and persistent problem. For families with young children experiencing homelessness, the challenges are highlighted based on their unique needs and characteristics. Challenges begin early and without intervention can continue throughout the lives of children experiencing homelessness. Hunger, …more

    • HUD study suggests strategies to end family homelessness

      By: Dawn Brotherton Published: October 26, 2016 WIDESPREAD IMPACT Homelessness is a problem that affects everyone, even people who have a roof over their head. When community members lose a home, it takes even more resources from the government and social organizations to re-stabilize a family. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) …more

    • Easton’s Third Street Alliance part of effort to end homelessness

      By: Daryl Nerl Published: October 28, 2016 Easton’s Third Street Alliance for Women and Children will be at the forefront of a coordinated effort to end homelessness in the Lehigh Valley, organization officials announced Thursday. The Alliance, which has had a core mission of helping homeless women and children for more than 20 years, has …more

    • 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

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