Several Western Pennsylvania organizations receive grant to help fight homelessness

Lawrence County Social Services and several other western Pennsylvania organizations received grant funding to help combat homelessness.

According to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED), $6,331,068 in 2023 Emergency Solutions Grants have been awarded to municipalities and non-profit organizations to help homeless individuals and families find housing.

In total, 16 municipal grantees and seven non-profit organizations received these grants. They cover 25 counties in Pennsylvania, including one statewide.

The funding will be used for rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, emergency shelter, homeless management information systems (HMIS) and administration, it said the DCED.

“The funding approved today will go to trusted community organizations to help individuals and families facing or experiencing homelessness,” said DCED Secretary Rick Siger.. “The Shapiro Administration is committed to helping the most vulnerable members of our communities, and ESG funding provides local governments and nonprofits across the Commonwealth with the tools they need to unlock housing resources essential to support them.

In western Pennsylvania, the following organizations received grants:

  • Lawrence County Social Services

    • $1.5 million

    • Serves Lawrence, Greene, Armstrong, Fayette and Beaver counties

  • Butler County Commissioners

    • $250,000

    • Serves Butler County

  • Mercer County Commissioners

    • $135,000

    • Servers Mercer County

  • Indiana County Commissioners

    • $100,000

    • Serves Indiana County

The statewide award benefits the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. $750,000 will be used to enable 13 member agencies in Pennsylvania to provide rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention and emergency shelter services as well as administrative support.

Funding priority is given to applicants representing areas of the Commonwealth that do not already receive a direct Emergency Solutions Grant allocation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DCED…

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