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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.



    • Homeless Teens in Philly Tap Rough Memories to Help Others Understand Their Lives

      Cori Dixon’s beauty surprises, as though no one who’s endured what she has could have eyes so bright. Unmarred as she seems, Cori, 17, who remembers her first tumultuous years were in Cherry Hill and Woodbury, carries the burdens of …more

    • Philly Offers Affordable Housing to Help Parents Regain Custody of Kids in Foster Care

      In Philadelphia, not having a safe, stable place to live prevents parents whose children have been placed in foster care from regaining custody 40 percent of the time — 10 percent higher than the national average — according to a …more

    • Report Examines Youth Homelessness, Provides Recommendations

      The True Colors Fund, in partnership with the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, published the State Index on Youth Homelessness 2018. The report estimates that, nationwide, 4.2 million youth and young adults under the age of 25 experience homelessness …more

    • Task Force Has 17 Ideas for Fixing Philly’s Eviction Problem

      The city’s Eviction Task Force issued recommendations to Mayor Kenney on Tuesday, calling for more robust mediation programs between landlords and tenants, a one-stop resource center for tenants facing evictions, and a small-loan program for low-income landlords. Last year in …more

    • Derry Township’s Union Mission Will Make More Room for Homeless Men

      The Union Mission in Derry Township is set to break ground Tuesday for a building that will expand its capacity to serve homeless men. Established in 1987, the faith-based organization annually helps more than 300 men build self-reliance and transition …more

    • Cooperative Efforts Help Reduce Homelessness

      In January I participated in our community’s annual point-in-time count of homeless people in Lackawanna County. For the first time I administered surveys at Bethel AME’s shelter. I was on site for check-in, dinner and showers assignment. The announcement was …more

    • Out of Reach Report 2018 Released

      NLIHC released Out of Reach 2018: The High Cost of Housing. The report shows that on average a full-time worker in the U.S. must earn $22.10 per hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at the fair market rent and …more

    • Cambria Approves Grant for Homeless

      Home­less people and those suffering from chronic substance abuse and severe mental illness are to benefit from a $157,856 grant approved Wednesday evening by Cambria County commissioners. FALLENTIMBER — Home­less people and those suffering from chronic substance abuse and severe …more

    • Seattle OKs Tax on Companies like Amazon to Help Homeless

      Seattle’s largest businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks will have to pay a new tax to help fund homeless services and affordable housing under a measure approved by city leaders. The City Council unanimously passed a compromise plan Monday that …more

    • Evening Meals Now Offered at Hub of Hope in Center City

      A new meal program has begun offering hot evening meals a couple of days a week to those experiencing homelessness in Center City. But city grants are seeking volunteers and groups to ensure dinners are served every day. The Hub …more