Housing News of the Week 12.18.19

Check out the recent news below to see what is happening this week in Housing News.

Do housing vouchers serve as an effective safety net?
housingmatters.urban.org
The project-based Section 8 program is the largest rental assistance program used by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to finance private owners to develop and manage affordable housing. To understand the effectiveness of housing vouchers as a safety net, this study analyzes voucher use among households who lived in properties where project-based subsidies expired. (to read more, click the link above)

New Homeless Coordinated Entry Call Center – Chester County
Chester County Department of Community Development e-newsletter
The Department of Community Development (DCD) is excited to announce that on Thursday, December 12, 2019 the new 2-1-1 Homeless Coordinated Entry Call Center will be operational. Individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Chester County should call 2-1-1 for assistance.

Paycheck to paycheck: New United Way study shows how many in Lehigh Valley walk a dangerous financial tightrope
The Morning Call
Ryan Freeman is the pleasant and soft-spoken ringmaster of a small circus of children, whose infectious hilarity softened the edges of their father’s story when he shared it one gray afternoon at New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem. It was, in its essence, one of those “there but for the grace of God” narratives you hear all the time at the region’s homeless shelters and food pantries. A young man embarks on life, has children, does his level best and is hit by out-of-nowhere setbacks and reversals that leave him a single father without a home. The particulars of Freeman’s story are deeply personal and irrelevant to the broader point, which is that the 30-year-old Phillipsburg native’s family — like roughly 1 in 4 families in the greater Lehigh Valley, according to a new report from the United Way — had been living precariously in a socioeconomic bracket defined by an acronym: ALICE. It stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. (to read more, click the link above)

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