Philadelphia receives $36.3M grant for homeless housing, companies

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. | The Workplace of Homeless Providers (OHS) introduced that the Metropolis of Philadelphia has been awarded $36,381,810 from the U.S. Division of Housing and City Growth (HUD).

This grant helps 2,651 new and present homeless housing models, in addition to supportive companies to assist make homelessness uncommon, temporary and non-recurring within the metropolis, officers stated.

The funds will reportedly go towards the annual renewal of two,139 models of Supportive Housing for individuals who have been previously homeless. With a 90% success fee, Supportive Housing is an evidence-based strategy that forestalls a return to homelessness.

The grant will assist 294 Fast Re-Housing models, together with 16 new models, in addition to the renewal of 218 Transitional Housing and Secure Haven models, officers say. Transitional Housing and Secure Havens serve a various inhabitants that features youth aged 18 to 24, and parenting youth.

OHS introduced that $578,638 of the federal cash will assist a brand new, mixed Transitional-Fast Re-Housing program referred to as the “New Day New Dwelling,” operated by The Salvation Military for survivors of human trafficking.

“This funding from Washington, DC is critically vital to preserving individuals who have been homeless stably housed. This award is one other instance of our group coming collectively to enhance alternatives for individuals experiencing homelessness. Homeless companies are, by definition – and intentionally – antiracist,” stated OHS Director Liz Hersh. “People who find themselves housed have the essential mandatory basis for well being, training, wealth, employment, household, and group. They assist reverse the predictive energy of race in our group.”

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“OHS is deeply grateful for the unbelievable tenacity our suppliers have proven throughout the pandemic, to maintain offering much-needed companies to our susceptible neighbors. We hope to now transfer into restoration,” Hersh added.

OHS and its community of nonprofit suppliers say they moved shortly to implement COVID-19 pointers and preserve among the most susceptible Philadelphians protected throughout the pandemic.

The system succeeded in offering emergency housing to over 19,000 individuals and distributing greater than 3.7 million meals in shelter, all whereas preserving a COVID-19 an infection fee beneath 5 % in these settings.

The renewed funds are important to applications sustaining and increasing housing alternatives for many who have been disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.