Wolf Administration Approves Funding to Help Homeless Families and Promote Affordable Housing

Harrisburg, PA — Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced more than $5 million in funding to help homeless families and promote homelessness prevention across the commonwealth. The funding is provided from the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.

This funding comes on the heels of a recent announcement that the Western Pennsylvania Continuum of Care (Western PA CoC) has effectively ended homelessness for veterans in 20 counties.

“The Wolf Administration is committed to ending homelessness across the commonwealth, and in order to achieve that mission, it’s all hands on deck, using all of the resources, funding, and tools at our disposal,” said Sec. Davin. “The funding made available through the ESG program is a critical asset that will impact individuals throughout Pennsylvania, providing a safe haven for those at risk and improving affected communities.”

The ESG funding falls into four categories: rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, and emergency shelter. Rapid rehousing helps individuals and families who are homeless, fleeing violence, or living in a home not suitable for human habitation. Homelessness prevention helps families who are currently housed but may be in jeopardy of losing their housing. Street outreach connects unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter and/or health services. Emergency shelter funding supports costs associated with operating an emergency shelter and renovations.

The $5,473,378 in ESG funding was approved for:

  • Beaver County $36,225
  • Blair County $150,000
  • Bradford County $142,449
  • Bucks County $184,448
  • Butler County $246,923
  • CAP of Cambria County $177,601
  • Center for Community Action $120,000
  • Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. $154,502
  • City of Philadelphia $359,441
  • City of Pittsburgh $250,000
  • Clinton County $177,601
  • Dauphin County $77,812
  • Franklin County $200,000
  • Indiana County $153,307
  • Lawrence County* $1,592,780
  • Lehigh County $309,507
  • McKean County $196,341
  • Monroe County $157,691
  • Montgomery County $186,750
  • Schuylkill County $200,000
  • Transitions of PA $150,000
  • Union-Snyder Community Action Agency $100,000
  • Wayne County $150,000

*NOTE: Lawrence County will distribute funding to a 16-county area, including Armstrong, Beaver, Blair, Butler, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clarion, Crawford, Delaware, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Potter, Venango, and Warren counties.

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Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132

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