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OHS invites public comments on its planned application for the 2020 Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) – ESG-CV funds

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS) will invite comments on its planned application for the 2020 Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) – ESG-CV funds, through the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) submission to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

DCED has received notice of the award of the first allocation of ESG program funds appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – ESG-CV funds. DCED will administer an appropriation of $19,920,655 based on the HUD federal fiscal year 2020 formula distribution.

DCED’s priority for the use of these ESG funds will be to assist homeless providers and communities prepare for, prevent the spread of and respond to the coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus. DCED will award ESG CARES funding to support applicants who will work to end or prevent homelessness quickly and as efficiently as possible for all vulnerable populations.

Starting May 5, 2020, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services will invite and solicit comments from the public regarding the submission of the request for Emergency Solutions Grant funds in the amount of $3,800,000 to DCED. The City of Philadelphia intends to submit an application for the funds on June 1, 2020.

The Office of Homeless Services has recognized the need for funding that will be used to support Rapid Re-Housing and Homeless Prevention Services to the Chronically Homeless and Homeless Families with Children or Youth during this pandemic.

Our focus is to provide Rapid Re-Housing Case Management Services, Rental Assistance for up to 18 months, and Homeless Prevention Funds to prevent eviction for vulnerable groups as a response to the devastating coronavirus by preventing the further spread of it through housing and effective supports.

Those wishing to provide comment, may submit written comments to Leticia Devonish by E-Mail: Leticia.Devonish@phila.gov

OR By Mail: Leticia Devonish, Grants Management Director
Municipal Services Building, 1401 J.F.K. Blvd., 10th Floor, Suite 1080, Philadelphia, PA 19102

by Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.

For questions, comments or more information, please contact: Leticia.Devonish@phila.gov
Your feedback is important to us!

Office of Homeless Services, Liz Hersh, OHS Director,
City of Philadelphia, James F. Kenney, Mayor

ESG submission to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: Municipal Services Building 16th Floor Room 5

On Monday, March 2nd, 2020, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services will conduct a public hearing to solicit comments regarding the submission of the Emergency Solutions Grant in the amount of $750,000 to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

The Office of Homeless Services has recognized the need for funding that will be used to support Rapid Re-Housing services to the Chronically Homeless and Homeless Families with Children or Youth. Our primary focus is to provide Rapid Re-Housing Case Management services and Rental Assistance for up to 12 months to vulnerable groups.

  • Those wishing to provide comment, please attend.
  • Those unable to attend may submit written comments to Leticia Devonish at Leticia.Devonish@phila.gov by Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020.
  • For questions, comments or more information, please contact: Leticia.Devonish@phila.gov

Your feedback is important to us!


Home4Good Briefing Session June 19th 3pm, 16th Floor MSB

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout Pennsylvania in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). The $4.5 million initiative, labeled “Home4Good,” will provide much needed funding to projects, programs, or activities that focus on the following goals:

  1. Prevent homelessness: Assist households at risk for homelessness by maintaining their current housing or divert them to alternative, safe options
  2. Solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness
  3. Address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth: Projects, programs, or activities determined to be critically needed by the Philadelphia CoC

The highlight of this grant is that the eligible uses for the funding are flexible. This will allow for organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover.  The grant award is based on population. It is anticipated the Philadelphia CoC will be awarded between $750,000 to $1.5 million.

Based on the CoC’s most recent needs assessment and understanding of system-wide needs, the following have been identified as this year’s priorities to fill housing and service gaps in Philadelphia’s homeless assistance system:

I. Project renewals from last year’s Home4Good grant recipients

II. Assistance at various parts of the homeless assistance system to divert people from emergency shelter, the street, or places not meant for human habitation, including:

      1. People facing eviction
      2. People in emergency and temporary housing programs who need financial support to pay rental and utility arrears or security deposits to transition to permanent housing
      3. People re-entering the community from the criminal justice system
      4. People with complex medical problems

III. Low barrier employment and supportive services specifically in Rapid, TH, and PSH:

      1. Increase low barrier job placement short and long term.
      2. Skills development
      3. Career advisement/counseling
      4. Peer support to navigate employment needs.
      5. Increasing income

IV. Programs to serve the unique needs of Immigrants and Refugees experiencing homelessness.

V. Increase in successful housing placement.

However, this should not limit the ideas you submit. Be creative!

Briefing Session

Attend the Home4Good Briefing Session Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 3pm Rooms X, Y 16th floor, 1401 JFK blvd. to be updated on OHS’ Home4Good RFP process.

For MORE INFORMATION about this opportunity, visit: https://www.fhlb-pgh.com/Home4Good

To ACCESS INFORMATION about Home4Good, such as FAQs, PHFA Home4Good PowerPoint presentation, and other assorted materials, visit: https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/

To CONTACT Philadelphia CoC, the Office of Homeless Services, email: Leticia.Devonish@phila.gov