Fitzgerald Announces Additional $3.8 Million Grant to Assist in Reducing Chronic Homelessness

Contact:Elaine Plunkett, Human Services

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $3.8 million Continuum of Care grant to the County’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to fund five new projects and 92 units of housing to further combat homelessness.

“This new funding will allow us to continue our efforts to reduce the incidence of homelessness in Allegheny County,” said Fitzgerald. “Last December, the County received $10.1 million to renew 60 existing Continuum of Care grant-funded projects. Together, these awards will allow us to help chronically homeless persons and families move toward self-sufficiency and stable housing.”

Through DHS-contracted providers, the grant funds will be used for the following new projects: nine units of permanent housing for persons with disabilities; 25 units of transitional housing for homeless youth; 28 units of single room occupancy housing; and 30 units of “Shelter Plus Care” housing for families. DHS will administer the grant funds to ACTION-Housing Inc., Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC, providing fiscal and operational oversight and monitoring service provision through regular site visits. A portion of the grant will also be used to expand the DHS Homeless Management Information System.

“Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively, and I'm pleased that once again we will receive full funding,” said DHS Director Marc Cherna. “This grant will afford our providers and staff the ability to continue to build a strong system of care to support homeless persons and families.”

HUD's Continuum of Care grants assist those who are chronically homeless and have complex housing issues, such as disabilities. Allegheny County’s Continuum of Care works with local governments and community groups to maximize resources to fight homelessness through counseling, rehabilitation and other assistance.

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