PHILADELPHIA – The City’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS) announced today that it has received a grant award of nearly $1.5 million from Home4Good to help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by channeling dollars to local service organizations that know how to help.

Home4Good is an annual funding initiative led by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). This year’s local Home4Good competition focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. OHS is awarding the funds to eleven area nonprofits selected through a competitive process to help people stabilize their housing situations, receive critical supportive services, and connect with employment.

“Together these grants expand and augment the City’s safety net for those experiencing homelessness,” said Liz Hersh, director of OHS. “That safety net is never more crucial than during the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank FHLB and PHFA for their support at this difficult time.”

The funding signals that Philadelphia is a national leader in developing human-centered solutions to homelessness and empowering providers and local organizations with the tools to succeed.

The full program and recipient list include:

St. Joseph’s House (DePaul USA)
$200,000 to support housing services, rental assistance, and furniture to college students securing permanent housing.

Support for Vulnerable Newcomers (Nationalities Service Center)
$120,000 to provide rental assistance or home modifications that increase the accessibility and safety of immigrants and refugees living with mental and/or physical challenges.

Drueding Rental Assistance and Prevention Program
$115,600 to prevent homelessness through rental and financial assistance for young parenting households.

Broad Street Ministry Re-entry Program – COVID Response
$105,000 to expand case management services for returning citizens.

Pathway Home (Action Wellness)
$100,000 to support housing stability for people who are both homeless and chronically ill.

Trauma-Informed COVID-19 Response and Eviction Prevention (New Kensington Community Development Corporation)
$100,000 to provide direct rental and financial assistance and financial coaching to low-income Philadelphians living in Fishtown, Port Richmond, and Kensington.

First Step Staffing Employment Program
$95,651 to support housing and job- related services for people experiencing homelessness.

RHD Housing Smart Philadelphia
$200,000 to assist medically fragile people experiencing homelessness reduce shelter stays through partnerships with healthcare providers.

Stabilizing Philadelphia’s Housing Challenged Families (Utility Emergency Services Fund)
$200,000 to support housing and job placement for homeless veterans released from prison.

Good Home4Vets (1260 Housing)
$143,446 to support housing stability and subsidize typical housing expenses for homeless veterans to prevent shelter entry.

Serenity Court – Medical Respite for Homeless (PHMC)
$100,000 to expand the capacity of its current respite site which accommodates medically fragile people experiencing homelessness who are recovering from major illnesses, surgery, or COVID-19.