Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Boyle Introduces Bill to Protect Homeless Veterans

Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) recently introduced the Veterans Homelessness Contract Oversight Act, H.R. 1998, to bring Congressional oversight to federal grants that provide essential assistance to homeless veterans. The legislation requires that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs notify Members of Congress and relevant committees of the expiration or termination of these grants, and submit a plan on how it will continue to provide the services provided to veterans under the grant, in order to prevent a drop-off in care upon the contract’s conclusion

A Year Later, Governor Wolf Announces Progress on Ending Veteran Homelessness in Pennsylvania

Last year, Governor Tom Wolf challenged all commonwealth agencies and communities to reduce veterans’ homelessness. Today, the Governor, along with Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli, adjutant general of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, announced that more than 2,200 homeless veterans have been placed in permanent housing in the past year

Governor Wolf Provides Update on Pennsylvania Efforts to End Veterans Homelessness

Governor Tom Wolf and Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli, acting adjutant general with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), today announced that Pennsylvania exceeded its 100-day goal with 629 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania were placed in permanent housing between Sept. 23 and Dec. 31, 2015 as part of the Governor’s challenge to significantly reduce veteran homelessness. The 100-day challenge was announced on Sept. 22 with a goal of serving 550 homeless veterans by the end of 2015.

World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee Report Highlights Important Issues Facing Nation

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) issued a statement following the release of the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee report, A Time for Mercy and Justice: Pope Francis and the Pursuit of the Common Good in the United States

Congressman Fattah Announces $520,463 in Veterans Housing Grants for Philadelphia

Today, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) announced that the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) will receive $520,463 from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support ending veteran homelessness in the community

Auditor General DePasquale to Audit DCED’s Oversight of Federally Funded Homeless Prevention, Re-Housing Programs

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale today announced that his department will conduct a comprehensive performance audit to evaluate the Department of Community and Economic Development’s administration of federally funded homeless prevention and re-housing programs.

Pennsylvania Receives $8.5 Million HUD Award to Provide Permanent Homes and Services to Low-Income...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced an $8,557,014 award to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) to prevent individuals with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or falling into homelessness

President’s budget proposes funding increases to fight homelessness

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 12, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2015Budget Proposal, released On Tuesday, March 4, proposes, among other things, significant new resources for homelessness programs, including a $200 million increase for a program that serves homeless veterans and their families. If Congress enacts these budget requests, communities will get the resources they will need to meet the goals of ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, and ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016

Congress negotiates FY 2014 spending level – ACT NOW!

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- This week, the conference committee tasked with coming up with a topline spending number for FY 2014 reached a deal. They’ve come up with a deal that would set FY 2014 total spending at around $1 trillion – somewhere in the middle of the House and Senate’s proposed spending levels (though unfortunately closer to the House’s lower spending level)

Homeless population drops nationwide, rises in PA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 2, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Nearly 1,000 people in Bucks and Montgomery counties could celebrate this Thanksgiving in a homeless shelter or on the street, suggests new numbers released Friday by the federal government.

Homelessness disproportionate among our veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 11, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- We pause to honor those who have donned the uniform of one of the branches of the armed forces of the United States. A grateful nation salutes the men and women who have set their personal lives on hold so that they could fill the need of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard

Over 34,000 homeless in Pennsylvania’s emergency housing system

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 19, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congress is deliberating on key issues that affect Pennsylvanians who experience homelessness and is seeking to identify how local communities succeed at ending homelessness. The McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Program, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and other key parts of the federal budget have a profound influence on how local communities successfully manage strategies to end homelessness. What is not well known by national decision makers is the actual scale of homelessness within their constituencies. This policy brief provides data that national decision makers can use when deliberating on critical issues

Cartwright Announces Veterans Housing Voucher Grant

WASHINGTON, DC - June 10, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright announced a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Grant in the amount of $131,007.00 has been awarded to the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority.

HUD CHARGES PENNSYLVANIA HOMELESS SHELTER WITH DISCRIMINATING AGAINST INDIVIDUAL WITH DISABILITIES

WASHINGTON, DC - May 13, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging City Rescue Mission of New Castle (CRM) and one of its employees with refusing to accept a blind man and his guide dog at a homeless shelter in New Castle, PA. HUD’s investigation found that CRM denied a reasonable accommodation request to allow the man to keep his dog in the shelter, in violation of the Fair Housing Act

National Alliance to End Homelessness Analyzes H.R. 8

January 04, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- While portions of the fiscal cliff were averted, the bill failed to replace the across-the-board cuts to domestic and defense spending, known as sequestration, with alternative deficit reduction measures. The deal averted the cuts for approximately 2 months, moving the sequester back to March 1, with the hope that the 113th Congress can strike an alternative deficit reduction deal by then. If the sequester had gone into effect yesterday, the Alliance estimates that ultimate cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants would result in 145,000 people homeless instead of housed

PA HUD, VA Homeless Vets Team Honored with Housing Hero Award

Harrisburg, PA - December 7, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Pennsylvania HUD and VA Homeless Veterans Collaboration Team, which have established a unique, efficient and effective collaboration focused on eliminating veterans’ homeless in Pennsylvania by 2015, were honored as one of four PNC Housing Hero awardees during this week’s Homes Within Reach conference in Harrisburg.

PA HUD, VA Homeless Vets Team Honored with Housing Hero Award

Harrisburg, PA - December 4, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Pennsylvania HUD and VA Homeless Veterans Collaboration Team, which have established a unique, efficient and effective collaboration focused on eliminating veterans’ homeless in Pennsylvania by 2015, were honored as one of four PNC Housing Hero awardees during this week’s Homes Within Reach conference in Harrisburg

Altmire Announces Housing Grants for Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 4, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire (PA-04) today announced that the Allegheny County Housing Authority and Housing Authority of the County of Butler will receive $293,898 in grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH). The award is part of a $72.6 million grant to public housing agencies across the country to provide permanent housing to the more than 10,000 homeless veterans in America.

Hunger and Homelessness Go Hand in Hand: Call to Support Supplemental Nutrition Program

December 12, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) makes it possible for hungry families to purchase food that is essential to their well-being. Formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, SNAP is cost-effective and reaches the neediest households. Income-eligible program participants, having been screened by the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, receive an Electronic Benefits Transfer ACCESS Card that is used just as a credit card is used at point-of-purchase. An eligible household's income may not exceed 130% of the federal poverty guideline but, in fact, most food stamp households have incomes well below the maximum allowed

Regulations Posted for Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program

December 6, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- HUD officially published the regulations for the new Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program in today’s Federal Register. The regulations will go into effect in 30 days, on January 4. Public comments will be due in 60 days, on February 3. The final regulation on defining “homeless” was also officially published in the Federal Register today, and those changes will also go into effect on January 4.

Popular Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

PHA To Use On-line Housing Applications For First Time

Philadelphia, PA - March 2, 2010 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Philadelphia Housing Authority announced today it would begin accepting applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program on-line, through its Web site, pha.phila.gov.

Recent Government & Nonprofit Press Releases

HUD CHARGES PENNSYLVANIA LANDLORDS WITH DISCRIMINATION AFTER POSTING ONLINE ANTI-FAMILY CLASSIFIED...

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it is charging the owners and operators of two apartment buildings in Altoona, Pennsylvania with violating the Fair Housing Act by posting online classified ads that discriminate against families with children.