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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.



    • HUD Releases the Housing First Assessment Tool

      By: HUD Exchange Published: September 20, 2017 HUD continues to encourage Continuums of Care (CoCs) and providers to implement and strengthen Housing First approaches. To support these efforts, HUD recently released the Housing First Assessment Tool. This tool builds on …more

    • Now Available: Coordinated Entry Community Samples Toolkit

      By: HUD Exchange Published: August 9, 2017 Per HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program interim rule, each CoC is required to implement a coordinated entry system that covers the geographic area of their CoC. To assist in this effort, HUD …more

    • The Limits of 8

      By: Kate Giammarise, Pittsburgh Post Gazette Published August 2, 2017 When she had to leave her East Liberty apartment last year, Linda Robinson was stressed and upset. She was having difficulty finding a place to live. She had a Housing …more

    • No ID? For the homeless on heroin, treatment can be elusive

      By Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press, Lancaster Online Published: August 4, 2017 PHILADELPHIA — Nearly two decades of using heroin and a year of living on the streets of Philadelphia had led Steven Kemp to a simple conclusion: It was time …more

    • Regionalizing the War on Homelessness

      By: Heather Stratman, Governing.com Published: August 7, 2017 The erudite Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote that a “state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the …more

    • ADVOCACY WORKS! – Senate HUD Bill Provides Better or Level Funding for Critical Housing Programs

        By: Phyllis Chamberlain, Executive Director of the Housing Alliance of PA Published: August 3, 2017   Pennsylvania receives $1.2 Billion* annually in federal funding, which allows you to do the good work that you do every day to provide …more

    • SNAPS In Focus: The New Joint Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing Component

      Norm Suchar Director Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs Published July 13, 2017 In the Registration Notice for the FY 2017 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition, we announced that communities could apply for a new type of project that …more

    • Publication: Coordinated Entry Core Elements Guidebook

      By: HUD Published: 2017 HUD Coordinated-Entry-Core-Elements About This Guidebook: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that Continuums of Care (CoCs) establish and operate a coordinated entry process. Most recently, HUD’s Notice Establishing Additional Requirements for a …more

    • Webinar Recording: How to Improve Your Messaging Around Affordable Housing

      Recorded: July 5, 2017 This webinar highlights specific strategies, gleaned from collaborative research that Enterprise Community Partners is conducting with the FrameWorks Institute, to overcome these challenges. Dr. Manuel offers evidence-based tools for reframing the public discourse on homelessness and …more

    • As budget deadline looms, lawmakers must remember the homeless

      Op-ed by Rob Thomas, Tabor Community Sevices, Inc Published June 30, 2017 in Lancaster LNP We are once again at that point in the year when Pennsylvania’s governor and legislators are laboring to finalize a budget for the new fiscal …more