Youngblood announces $200K grant to combat homelessness

HARRISBURG, Sept. 14– State Rep. Rosita C. Youngblood, D-Phila, today announced that Resources for Humanity Development, located in the 198th District, has been awarded a $200,000 state grant to fund its Housing Smart Philadelphia initiative.

The grant, Youngblood said, will allow RHD’s Housing Smart Philadelphia to assist people experiencing homelessness reduce their stay in shelters through partnerships with healthcare providers.

“Homelessness is a dire issue, and combatting it takes a concerted effort among the community, elected officials and advocacy organizations like RHD,” Youngblood said. “While we work on finding solutions, I am thrilled to see this grant used to ensure that residents experiencing homelessness are treated with dignity as they receive treatment and recover from surgery and other ailments.”

Youngblood said the grants were distributed by The Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, which 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.

Home4Good is an annual funding initiative led by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.