The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

As they continue to build for the wealthy and forget about the working class people who are looking for an affordable and safe place, I wonder why they are not seeking to build for families instead of couples without children that’s wealthy. I understand money makes the world go around, but then you will have more homelessness in the Nation’s Capital that the government will have to fund to provide shelter for these families.

Emergency Shelter

Emergency shelters serve as temporary residences for individuals and families experiencing an acute housing crisis, such as eviction or domestic violence.  In Philadelphia, the Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) coordinates a network of shelters for families and single individuals.  

Homelessness among families with young children has risen dramatically since the 2008 recession.  In 2009, over 5,000 children in Philadelphia were served the emergency shelter and transitional housing in, 46% of these children were under age 5.

Current Issue

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created new funding for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, which provided over $21 million over 3 years for homeless families in Philadelphia.  This funding expires in September 2012 and it is unclear whether the City will be able to continue these successful programs.

 

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