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Over $35 Million in Federal Funds Received for Philadelphia Homeless Housing and Service


PHILADELPHIA – The Office of Homeless Services (OHS) today announced that the City has been awarded a grant of $35,598,858 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support 2,718 existing units of long-term housing and services in 100 local programs.

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“This award is an example of government at every level working together with our network of nonprofit homeless services providers to advance our commitment to making homelessness in Philadelphia rare, brief, and nonrecurring. Quite simply, housed people are not homeless,” said OHS Director Liz Hersh. “And, we are deeply grateful for the incredible tenacity our providers have shown during the pandemic to keep providing much-needed services to our vulnerable neighbors.”

Philadelphia continues to have the lowest number of street homeless of any major American city. The 2020 PIT Count showed that the City has seen a 12 percent reduction in chronic homelessness since 2019 and a 25 percent reduction in family homelessness since 2017.

OHS directly administers more than half of the total funding received from HUD while HUD directly administers what remains. The renewed funds are critical to programs providing housing opportunities for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable residents. Due to the pandemic, this year’s renewal process was streamlined to allow communities to focus on their COVID-19 response rather than participate in the usual national competition.

Visit the OHS website to see a full list of local providers, programs, and dollars receiving renewed funding.