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04Dec

Families Will Benefit from Expanding the Evidence Base on Supportive Housing

Share List How Housing Matters Housing instability among families and children can be detrimental to child welfare, health, economic, and other outcomes. Policymakers and service providers in these fields should consider weaving housing into their approaches. Treating instability at its roots can relieve the trade-offs and stress that emerge when no decent housing is affordable. Evidence indicates that…

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20Nov

Study: Spending Now on Legal Aid Would Save City Down the Road

Share List An annual investment of $3.5 million would cover the cost of legal representation for the thousands of low-income tenants who find themselves facing eviction orders in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, according to a study released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Bar Association. The $3.5 million investment would ultimately save the city $45.2 million in public…

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Nov

There are Only Enough Permanent Housing Placements for About One-Third of Families Experiencing Homelessness

Share List Each year, approximately 45,000 rapid re-housing placements are available to assist homeless families into rental housing and to connect them with services. For families with higher needs, approximately 7,500 units of permanent supportive housing are also available each year. These are vital resources but are no match for the 150,000 families who become homeless each year. Without appropriate permanent housing resources, homeless service systems can’t do their jobs:…

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16Oct

Rapid Re-housing Works: What the Evidence Says

Share List A new paper released by Urban Institute pulls together the evidence for rapid re-housing. Over the past several years, rapid re-housing has become the primary tool to help people experiencing homelessness reconnect to permanent housing. The model began as an approach deployed in a handful of communities to help people exit shelter. Today, it has…

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09Oct

From Poverty to Self-Sufficiency, Graduates Celebrate Success with Help from Bucks County Opportunity Council

Share List Hundreds of supporters and county leaders gathered Wednesday as the Bucks County Opportunity Council honored 17 county residents who graduated from its Economic Self-Sufficiency program by building the skills needed to climb out of poverty and get jobs to earn a living wage. Poverty in Bucks County has many faces. It’s a woman…

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Oct

Officials Break Ground on New Veteran Housing Project in Mount Carmel

Share List Borough veterans expressed their support of a new low-income housing project being designed for older servicemen and women in Mount Carmel. State, county and borough officials joined several local veterans on Wednesday for a groundbreaking ceremony for the $983,000 Freedom Court, a low-income housing project designed for senior veterans. The Housing Authority of…

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Oct

State of Homelessness Report Released

Share List The National Alliance to End Homelessness released their annual State of Homelessness report. The State of Homelessness in America charts progress in ending homelessness in the United States. Using the most recently available national data, it is intended to serve as a reference for policymakers, journalists, advocates, and the public on trends in…

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