The City’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS) announced today that it has received a grant award of nearly $1.5 million from Home4Good to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by channeling dollars to local service organizations that know how to help.
Home4Good is an annual funding initiative led by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). This year’s local Home4Good competition focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. OHS is awarding the funds to eleven area nonprofits selected through a competitive process to help people stabilize their housing situations, receive critical supportive services, and connect with employment.
Among the eleven recipients are three members of the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition; Action Wellness, Broad Street Ministry, First Step Staffing, and Public Health Management Corporation.
Broad Street Ministry Re-entry Program – COVID Response $105,000 to expand case management services for returning citizens.
Pathway Home (Action Wellness) $100,000 to support housing stability for people who are both homeless and chronically ill.
First Step Staffing Employment Program $95,651 to support housing and job- related services for people experiencing homelessness.
Serenity Court – Medical Respite for Homeless (PHMC)
$100,000 to expand the capacity of its current respite site which accommodates medically fragile people experiencing homelessness who are recovering from major illnesses, surgery, or COVID-19.
“Together these grants expand and augment the City’s safety net for those experiencing homelessness,” said Liz Hersh, director of OHS. “That safety net is never more crucial than during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank FHLB and PHFA for their support at this difficult time.”
The funding signals that Philadelphia is a national leader in developing human-centered solutions to homelessness and empowering providers and local organizations with the tools to succeed.
For a full list of the organizations receiving funding, click here.