As Pennsylvania has worked hard to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania continues to face challenges to protect its most vulnerable residents. Those experiencing homelessness continue to see their resources and options to remain safe dwindle. Public Health protocols often fail to recognize individuals without a permanent residence, putting this vulnerable population at risk.
The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, thanks to funding from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, provided $80,000 to Homeless Assistance Programs to support their social distancing efforts. We awarded 12 organizations $5,000 to $7,000 each to support social distancing in their homeless assistance programs. A total of 176 applications were submitted with $1.4 million in requested funds. We prioritized the counties with the highest infection rates of COVID-19 as their homeless populations are in the most need of social distancing.
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