Solomon presents $25,000 to Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12 – State Rep. Jared Solomon, D-Phila., presented a $25,000 state grant today to the Philadelphia Interface Hospitality Network to provide support to households and landlords to help Northeast families avoid eviction during a temporary period of financial crisis.

“This grant is critical in helping to ensure families facing a temporary period of financial crisis can find some solace in not having to worry about facing eviction because they can’t afford a month’s rent,” Solomon said. “I am excited to continue working closely with Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network to reduce homelessness throughout northeast Philly and our entire city.”

Solomon joined Rachel Falkove, PIHN executive director; Bob Bryne, PHIN director of operations; and two residents who benefited from the program at his district office to present the grant to the organization.

“We saw that there were lots of people in the Northeast who needed help. We’ve got lots and lots of phone calls; actually, Representative Solomon’s office were many of those phone calls. But…with the Keystone Communities grant, we’re able to evaluate the families’ ledger and make up the difference to pay that one month’s rent and catch those families up,” Falkove said. “The Keystone Communities grant is allowing us to build up our staff in the Northeast.”

The grant was approved through the Department of Community and Economic Development's Keystone Communities Program, which is designed to support local initiatives that grow and stabilize neighborhoods and communities, encourage the creation of partnerships between the public and private sectors in the community, and enhance the overall quality of life for residents.

More details about the Keystone Communities Program can be found at DCED's website