September 19, 2018
Philadelphia’s Kensington ‘under siege’ as opioid-linked homelessness soars
By Aubrey Whelan, The Inquirer
When Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services finalized the latest tally of Kensington’s homeless population this month, what it found was stunning: the number of people living on the drug-plagued community’s streets has more than doubled. The latest number — 703, up from 271 a year ago — caused “borderline hysteria” in the office, said its director, Liz Hersh. Read the article.
July 21, 2018
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout Pennsylvania in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and 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 very flexible. This will allow for organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover. Please find all the eligible activities one can apply for in the RFP. The grant award is based on population. It is anticipated the Philadelphia CoC will be awarded between $700,00 to $1.5 Million.
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
To be considered for funding in Philadelphia, a homeless service organization must submit a proposal to the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, the Collaborative Applicant for the Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC), no later than 3pm, Philadelphia, PA, local time on Friday, August 24, 2018. Submissions will be accepted via email to Leticia.email@example.com.
Applicants are to use the Home4Good RFP format for their submission. The Philadelphia CoC will review the project proposal submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and the extent to which they address needs in the community. The CoC will submit a packet of ranked proposals to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review no later than September 28th.
Home4Good Awards will be announced on December 17th.
Based on the CoC’s most recent needs assessment and understanding of system-wide needs, the following have been identified as priorities to fill housing and service gaps in Philadelphia’s homeless assistance system:
1. 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:
- people facing eviction
- people in emergency and temporary housing program who need financial support to pay rental and utility arrears or security deposits to transition to permanent housing
- people re-entering the community from the criminal justice system
- people with complex medical problems
- Youth exiting child welfare care without stable housing
2. Programs to serve the unique circumstances and needs of youth experiencing homelessness
3. Coordinated Entry infrastructure to expand and support access to the Coordinate Entry system (youth access, mobile assessors, etc)
4. Rehabilitation / Renovation of affordable housing units
However, this should not limit the ideas you submit. Be creative!
For more information please visit: https://www.fhlb-pgh.com/Home4Good
To access the Home4Good RFP, frequently asked questions and powerpoint presentation, please visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/