Allegheny County Receives Funding to Help Fight Homelessness

The $23 million grant will fund 43 projects to help find stable housing for those experiencing homelessness.
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Allegheny County estimates that upward of 900 people in the county were experiencing homelessness in 2020. That could soon change.

Earlier this week, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development has awarded $23 million to help the unhoused — a $1 million increase over the previous award.

The money comes from a Continuum of Care grant to the county’s Department of Human Services. It will fund 43 projects by 20 agencies that provide housing and other vital services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the county.

“Allegheny County has established a strong continuum of outreach, assessment and housing services to support people experiencing homelessness, and we are grateful to HUD for this grant,” said DHS Director Erin Dalton in a statement. “These funds allow us and our partners to help people move from homelessness to long-term stable housing.”

Funds from the grant will provide permanent housing, rapid rehousing and assistance in other housing programs, according to a press release.

Among the projects receiving funding from the grant are the Neighborhood Living Program, Allegheny Link, Haven Housing and the Northside Common Ministries Permanent Housing Program. (For a full list of organizations and projects that received funding — and to see how much money each one got — check out the Homeless Assistance Award Report.) 

“HUD funding is critical to supporting our most vulnerable residents who find themselves in unstable housing situations,” Fitzgerald said in a statement. “We are grateful for this funding, which, combined with our rare designation as a Unified Funding Agency, allows us to better direct how the money is spent. That means helping more people find the housing that they need.”

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