Housing and Sheltering Resources and News

++ The Homes Within Reach Conference will be held at the Hershey Lodge, December 7 – 9, 2022. The theme for this year’s conference, “A Stronger, More Equitable Tomorrow,” reflects a focus on achieving a just and equitable housing system for ALL Pennsylvanians.  Register and learn more.

++ HUD announced on October 24 the creation of the Rapid Unsheltered Survivor Housing (RUSH) program to help the lowest-income and most marginalized disaster survivors regain or maintain stable, affordable housing. RUSH will provide displaced disaster survivors with the longer-term direct rental assistance and supportive services they need to get back on their feet. The program will provide rapid re-housing assistance, including up to 24 months of rental assistance, as well as supportive services for people currently experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness through its network of housing providers and experts. Program funds are also eligible to cover move-in expenses, outreach costs, and other urgent needs for individuals who are unsheltered. RUSH funding will be available for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, including those with incomes at or below 30% of area median income and living in overcrowded homes, facing imminent eviction, or experiencing another risk factor for homelessness. Read More

++ 💲 The Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) ended on October 28. For more information click here.

++ 💲 The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program opened on November 1, 2022. LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills in the form of a cash grant. Households in immediate danger of being without heat can also qualify for crisis grants. The cash grant is a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider to be credited on your bill. These grants range from $500 to $1,500 based on household size, income, and fuel type. Remember: This is a grant and does not have to be repaid. For more information or to apply online click here.

++ 💲 Pennsylvania has increased the income threshold for all applicants to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG). With this change, more than 420,000 additional Pennsylvanians in more than 174,000 households will be newly eligible for SNAP and will receive, on average, $63 a month. Applications for SNAP and other public assistance programs can be submitted online at www.compass.state.pa.us.  SNAP and Medicaid applications are accepted by phone by calling the Consumer Service Center at ☎️1-866-550-4355. On-site County Assistance Office (CAO) services are available if clients cannot access online services or need assistance that cannot be accessed through the COMPASS website, the myCOMPASS PA mobile app, or by calling the Customer Service Centers at ☎️ 215-560-7226 for Philadelphia clients or ☎️1-877-395-8930 for clients in all other counties. For additional information about food assistance resources for people around Pennsylvania impacted by COVID-19 and economic insecurity, visit the Department of Agriculture’s food security guide.

++ 💲 The Pennsylvania Homeowner Assistance Fund helps homeowners cope with financial hardship caused by the pandemic. A homeowner is eligible for up to $30,000 or 24 months, whichever is less.  Household income must be no more than 150 percent of area median income; however, priority is given to homeowners who are at 100 percent of AMI or lower and meet the definition of socially disadvantaged.  This requirement is part of the guidance from U.S. Treasury. Applications can be submitted online through www.PAHAF.org or call ☎️ 888-987-2423.

++  Sheltering Taskforce Information:  Contact: Christine Heyser – [email protected].  Sheltering Toolkit here:  https://bit.ly/COVID-19ShelteringTaskforce