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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

    • Housing Matters to Health In Pennsylvania’s urban, suburban, and rural communities, a group of individuals bounce from the streets and the woods to emergency shelters and to hospital emergency rooms. They are living with mental illness, opiate and other substance …more

    • PHFA Press Release Application deadline is Nov. 15 HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals soliciting applications from organizations for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing across the commonwealth. Funding …more

    • From: Philadelphia Inquirer For Jenese McKinley, the last General Assistance check came on July 30. A $205-a-month stipend she received from the state of Pennsylvania to help her get by is now gone. “I’m angry and frustrated,” said McKinley, 38, …more

    • From: Pittsburgh Tribune Review A new program that aims to reduce youth homelessness in Armstrong, Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland counties is looking for volunteers to provide host homes. The Bridge2Home program will connect youth ages 16-20 who are experiencing housing …more

    • From: U.S. News & World Report The homeless in Bucks County are barely visible to most, tucked in wooded lots behind shopping centers and housing developments, sheltered in cars or huddled under canopies of restaurants and businesses throughout the region. …more

    • From: The Philadelphia Tribune Phyllis Chamberlain, executive director of the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, said residents may be pushed into substandard housing — in Philadelphia or elsewhere — with potentially lifelong impacts. “There’s evidence that children who experience homelessness and …more

    • Earlier this year HUD released a new tool for communities to use in understanding not only the trends and racial disparities in those experiencing homelessness but help identify and correct any disparities that may exist within the system itself. Join …more

    • From Philadelphia Inquirer Since 2010, Broad Street Ministry has served as a kind of post office for people experiencing homelessness. Those who comes in can claim the ministry’s address as their own. Currently, more than 3,200 people actively use the …more

    • From the Daily Local News Following news of the recent report of a four-year decline of homelessness in Chester County, Commissioners Michelle Kichline, Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell gathered recently with representatives from regional organizations that support the efforts to …more

    • From LNP.com There is little disagreement that Lancaster County has a shortage of affordable housing. It’s more difficult to define what constitutes affordable housing. Is it the cost of rent? The cost of a home and the monthly mortgage payment? …more

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