The Home4Good program awarded a $40,000 grant to Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, a nonprofit based in West Chester, to expand the Homeless Prevention Program (HPP) in collaboration with local partners Open Hearth and Kennett Area Community Services.
Home4Good helps those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by channeling dollars to local service organizations that know how to help. Funding is offered annually by FHLBank Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA).
The grant will be used to help HPP families build on existing strengths and identify education and services they need to successfully transition from poverty/homelessness to permanent housing and financial self-sufficiency.
“PHFA is pleased to be a part of this effort to reduce homelessness in Pennsylvania,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., PHFA’s CEO. “There is no single program that alone can end homelessness in the state. That’s why Home4Good is funding a variety of different programs that together should make real progress getting people off the streets and into housing.”
The $40,000 will be used for direct expenses in support of the Homeless Prevention Program, including long-term case management. Direct benefits to families include rent or utility assistance, eviction prevention, transitional housing, and other supportive services.
“More than 780 children and their parents experience homelessness in Chester County each year with an additional 1,900 children and their parents facing eviction,” said Jennifer Lopez, Friends Association’s Executive Director. “We are grateful for the support from the Home4Good program for expanding initiatives that help us to continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.”