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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.

 

News

    • New Resources on Counting Survivors of Domestic Violence in the Point-In-Time (PIT) Count

      The 2018 Point in-Time (PIT) count is just around the corner. There are several resources available on HUD’s PIT and HIC Guides, Tools, and Webinars page, including the Notice for the 2018 HIC and PIT count. This year HUD updated the 2018 Housing …more

    • Over $102M awarded to Pennsylvania homeless programs

      By: 69 News Jan 11, 2018 The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $102.5 million to support over 500 homeless housing programs in the state. The grants provide critically-needed housing and support services to those experiencing homelessness. …more

    • During brutal cold, Philly outreach prevents fatalities among homeless

      By: Aaron Moselle, WHYY Published: January 10, 2018 With temperatures projected to stay above freezing for the next few days, Philadelphia’s Code Blue alert ended Tuesday morning. The two weeks of added outreach to the homeless, which began on Christmas …more

    • U.S. Weather and Climate Disaster Costs Top $300 Billion in 2017

      By: Bill Lucia, Route 50 Published: January 8, 2018 The cost of major U.S. disasters last year involving weather and climate cleared $300 billion, far surpassing a previous high mark, according to a report the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released Monday. NOAA said the …more

    • HUD report shows reduction in overall homelessness in Pennsylvania

      By Bill O’Boyle – Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Published: December 16th, 2017 WILKES-BARRE — Homelessness has declined in Pennsylvania, according to the latest national estimate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress …more

    • Homes Within Reach Workshop Powerpoints

      Published: December 14, 2017 Thanks to all who attended our 13th annual Homes Within Reach Conference! We had over 830 attendees and over 165 sponsors, which makes it the most successful conference yet. This year’s theme was “Shining Our Light …more

    • VA kills plan to cut homeless-vet program after outcry

      By Arthur Allen and Lorraine Woellert, Politico Published: 12/06/2017 Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has killed a plan to shift money from a major homelessness program in response to a wave of protest from veterans’ advocates, who said the move …more

    • America’s Homeless Population Rises for First Time in Years

      By Christopher Weber and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press Published: Dec. 6, 2017, at 7:49 p.m. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of …more

    • Pittsburgh and Allegheny County ‘effectively’ end veterans homelessness

      By: Kate Giammarise, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Published: November 22, 2017 By helping to house more than 500 homeless veterans since 2014, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County have “effectively” ended veteran homelessness, officials declared Tuesday. The designation, announced by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, …more

    • Few resources available for homeless teens, young adults

      By Susan Shelly, Reading Eagle Published: November 23, 2017 While many area agencies address the issue of homelessness and are aware of an increasing need for services for teens and young adults, there are few resources currently available locally for that …more

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