By: Staff Report, Daily Local News
Published: September 20, 2017
Chester County has quickly put to use a new source of state funding to begin helping reduce and eliminate homelessness. The money comes from the first ever statewide grants issued by Pennsylvania’s recently expanded state housing trust fund.
“The housing trust fund is working exactly as we thought it would when we advocated for its creation,” said Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania. “These dollars that come from home sales go right back into the housing market to create more homes for others.”
The Chester County Department of Community Development deployed $300,000 received earlier this year to support an expansion of the Decade to Doorways initiative.
Decade to Doorways is a 10-year initiative that coordinates the efforts of those in Chester County working to combat homelessness, including government entities, service providers, educators, healthcare professionals, faith communities, funders and businesses. It is dedicated to reducing and ultimately preventing homelessness among the more than 550 people who experience it across the county each night.
“What we see every day is real time data and we know how many beds we have open. Unfortunately, we can’t currently house everyone in need,” said program administrator Lauren Campbell. “This funding stream gives us the opportunity and flexibility to fill program and service gaps.”
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