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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

    • 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

    • Affordable housing fund won’t be on November ballot in Pittsburgh

      By: Kate Giammarise Published: August 10, 2016 A referendum on whether to create a Pittsburgh affordable housing trust fund will not appear on the November ballot. Despite gathering more than 13,000 signatures in support of a ballot initiative for Pittsburgh residents to vote on this fall, organizers of the campaign said Tuesday they would instead focus …more

    • “Evicted” author Matthew Desmond part of Pittsburgh housing crisis discussion

      By: Amanda Waltz Published: August 5, 2016 When award-winning sociologist and author Matthew Desmond noticed the lack of data on the low-income private housing sector in Milwaukee, he decided to create the Milwaukee Area Renters Study (MARS). The study, which sent a team of investigators to administer in-person interviews at 1,000 households, did not come without …more

    • Affordable Housing Task Force moves forward

      By: Alyse Horn Published: August 3, 2016 Over a year ago, Mayor Bill Peduto appointed an Affordable Housing Task force, made up of many experts, advocates, and community representatives to address the need for affordable housing in the City. The task force has been working for over a year and came up with recommendations and priorities, …more

    • Section 8 stigma continues to leave low-income families with no place to live

      By: Courtney Linder Published: August 5, 2016 In Allegheny County, only 30 to 45 affordable rental units exist for every 100 low-income families. It is a housing deficit that perpetuates the cycle of poverty in the Pittsburgh region. On August 4, Matthew Desmond — Harvard sociologist and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American …more

    • Author puts lack of affordable housing in spotlight at Pittsburgh event

      By: Natasha Lindstrom Published: August 4, 2016 Eviction is becoming as much a cause as it is a symptom of American poverty, and cities such as Pittsburgh should do more to confront housing barriers that threaten family life and relegate poor people to the worst homes in the poorest neighborhoods, best-selling author Matthew Desmond said …more

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