BUCKS COUNTY – June 24, 2020 – State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) announced that $114,000 in funding is available to assist homeless families in finding housing and combatting homelessness across the commonwealth. The funding is through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), made available by the federal Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.
There are six categories for eligibility, which include rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, homeless management information systems, and administration. Rapid rehousing helps individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, fleeing violence, or living in a home not suitable for human habitation. Homelessness prevention resources help families or individuals who are currently housed, but may be in jeopardy of losing their homes with rental assistance and case management resources. Street outreach connects unsheltered homeless individuals with emergency shelter and/or health services. Emergency shelter funding supports costs associated with essential services, operating expenses, and renovations necessary to provide emergency shelter.
“Housing is a basic human need, and I am pleased to see resources coming to Bucks County to support some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Sen. Santarsiero. “This funding will provide critical assistance to those in need, whether it is housing those who are homeless, keeping families in their homes, or providing resources to organizations that serve these individuals.”
The funds are part of almost $5.5 million for statewide distribution. For more information, visit the DCED website.