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					                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
Led by local leaders in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties,
                        August 2011
more than 30,000 families and individuals are
being helped to end their homelessness. A key
element of the counties’ strategy is their effective
use of funds from the federal government’s
McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Program.
However, McKinney Vento needs $2.4 billion in
Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 if any county in Pennsylvania
hopes to continue its path toward ending
homelessness for its citizens.


The Crisis: Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation will soon make a decision on the Fiscal Year 2012
budget. What will they choose to do?


For FY 2012, the Administration requested $2.4 billion for McKinney-Vento, an increase from $1.91 billion
in FY 2011. This includes $126 million for new competitive projects in the Continuum of Care and the Rural
Housing Stability program. These funding streams would allow counties to expand their success with moving
people from homelessness to moving into permanent housing. The funds would be used to move many
families, veterans, and others out of shelter and into permanent housing and prevent homelessness.


Why should Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation support $2.4 billion for McKinney Vento?


1. It Works! McKinney Vento is a proven solution to homelessness : Most counties used their
McKinney-Vento funds to accomplish some of the following over the last four years:
    The number of homeless people counted on a single night in Pennsylvania has declined since 2007 in
     spite of the recession. The annual “Point in Time” count (PIT) of homeless individuals for the state in
     2010 was 14,415 men, women and children, down from 16,220 counted in 2007, a 10.5% decrease. i
    Numerous counties decreased the number of homeless persons identified in their PIT count:




The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.
                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
                        August 2011
                           County
                                                                             % Decrease in # of homeless persons 2007
                                                                                                         to 2010
                                   Beaver                                                                   37%
                                   Berks                                                                  30.6%
                                  Chester                                                                  17%
                                 Erie                                                                      24%
                         Harrisburg/Dauphin                                                               4.4%
                            Montgomery                                                                    18.6%
                            Philadelphia                                                                  20.4%
                            Southwest PA                                                                  4.5%

2. Current McKinney Vento funding would not sustain current strategies. While Congress
provided $1.91 billion for McKinney Vento in FY 2011, this amount provided only an additional $15
million in competitive funding for the entire nation to expand permanent supportive housing . This means
that it is unlikely Pennsylvania will benefit and thus halt any progress.


3. The Economy: Every day, new people become homeless. On a daily basis, 14,000 men, women and
children sleep in emergency or transitional housing in our Commonwealth. Some counties are experiencing
increases in the number of homeless people since 2007, including:


                                                                                       % Increase in # of homeless
                                                   County
                                                                                           persons 2007 to 2010
                                      Allentown/Northeast Pa                                            12.9%
                                         Altoona/Central Pa                                             14.7%
                                     Bristol/Bensalem/Bucks Co.                                         80.9%
                                         Lancaster City & Co.                                           2.2%
                                             Northwest Pa                                               9.5%
                                     Scranton/Lackawanna Co.                                            28.4%

                     Many Pennsylvanian families are vulnerable to homelessness as there are there are 14
                     Pennsylvanians doubled up for every 1,000 individuals.ii




The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.
                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
             supportive housing: McKinney-Vento programs provide cost-effective permanent
4. Permanent August 2011
supportive housing, an integral part of ending someone’s homelessness and costing less than emergency
housing. In addition, permanent supportive housing can cost as little as $25/day, while detox can cost
more than $200/day, a psychiatric hospital $760/day, or an inpatient stay in the hospital $1300/day. iii


5. Statewide Challenge : Newspapers from around the state report the challenges in homelessness:


            Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, July 31, 2011: “Monsignor Joseph Kelly said he usually sees the glass half full,
             but he said the local crisis affecting the homeless and those in need is getting worse every day. ‘There’s no
             sense trying to sugar coat it,’ Kelly said. “We are in a crisis and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
             Local communities will be expected to pick up the responsibility of helping our brothers and sisters.’ Kelly,
             executive director of Catholic Social Services for the Scranton Diocese, said he doesn’t see a simple solution
             because state and federal funding is being cut when more and more people are in need. “There are going to
             be more incidences of homelessness, food insecurity and less and less programming for children,’ Kelly said.”


            Pittsburgh City Paper, July 21, 2011: “At one end of the basement of Friendship's Fourth Presbyterian
             Church, a man sleeps in an armchair next to the television, a white baseball cap pulled over his face.
             Paul DeWalt, program director for the East End Cooperative Ministry, says the sleeping man likely
             stayed in one of the county's more than 400 emergency homeless shelter beds the night before. "When
             you're in a room with 20 other men," he says, "it's hard to get sleep." About another dozen people
             have scattered themselves throughout the cool church basement. On this hot July Thursday afternoon,
             the room is serving as a homeless drop-in center -- a place for people with nowhere else to go to get
             inside, out of the heat… Meanwhile, the need continues to rise. According to the Allegheny County
             Department of Human Services, the county's current homeless count is slightly more than 1,000 people
             -- roughly 200 more than were in the county five years ago.


            Lebanon Daily News, May 3, 2011: “…And the Lebanon County Coalition Against Homelessness, for
             one, has identified an urgent county need for a temporary, emergency family shelter for 10 families
             and is seeking community support and funding.”



The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.
                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
                        August 2011
            Erie Times-News, March 24, 2011: “Nearly 30 percent of the Erie County nonprofits surveyed
             reported an increase in individuals seeking services for the first time, and more tha n 20 percent have
             exhausted their emergency funds. The increase in demand for services is not unexpected for a region
             wracked by rising homelessness and hunger, a lack of jobs and low-income levels, and some of the
             highest poverty rates in Pennsylvania.”


            The Express-Times (Lehigh Valley), April 25, 2011: “In the first year of Bethlehem's church-run winter
             sheltering program, the churches housed on average 20-some people with nowhere else to go for the
             night. In the second year, that amount grew to 30-something. The third year, which just concluded last
             month, saw numbers often topping 40. And it wasn't just the number of people adding to the
             challenges. Many people staying at the churches had mental and sometimes physical health problems.
             The organizers realized something had to change. "What was readily apparent throughout winter was
             the larger need," said Craig Updegrove, a St. Andrew's Episcopal Church parishioner who chairs the
             winter sheltering committee. "There's an issue when shelters are sending them to us. There's something
             wrong out there that the needs aren't being met."


Action Steps: Homeless advocates and providers from throughout the Commonwealth are working
together to advocate for the appropriate funding for McKinney Vento and other effec tive programs. Here
are some suggestions on what you can do:


     1. Meet with your legislators. Use the contact information below to find your legislators


     2. In addition, communicate with your legislators on providing $2.4 billion for
             McKinney Vento in the FY 2012 budget. This amount would cover the
             increasing costs of renewing current projects and allow communities to
             continue developing new permanent supportive housing, prevention, rapid
             re-housing, and other new effective strategies. Ask your legislator to
             contact the Appropriations Committee leaders to ask for $2.4 billion for



The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.
                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
             McKinney Vento for FY 2012.
                        August 2011
     3. You can use this sample text for your emails and faxes to your legislators:


             o McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants are proven, cost-effective and cost-efficient programs
                that help our county’s families, youth, and men end their homelessness once and for all.


             o Please continue to show your support for HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants program by asking the
                leaders of the Appropriations Committee to provide the necessary funding level of $2.4 billion for
                HUD’s Homeless Assistance Grants in FY 2012. On behalf of (your organization), I would like to
                thank you for your commitment to ending homelessness and for providing an increase in FY 2012
                to HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants programs in order to begin implementation
                of the bipartisan program reauthorization, the HEARTH Act. This increase will allow (your
                community) to fund successful homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing programs. (Explain in
                1-2 sentences the success/importance of your strategy.)


             o We would also like to invite you to visit our program or meet with us in person to learn more about
                how these our strategies are ending homelessness for people in your district.




The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.
                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
                        August 2011
Legislator                                                                                  Offices

Senator Pat Toomey                      Allentown/Lehigh Valley                             Philadelphia
                                        1150 S. Cedar Crest Blvd, Suite                     8 Penn Center
Member of Senate                        101                                                 1628 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1702
Banking Committee and                   Allentown, PA 18103                                 Philadelphia, PA 19103
its subcommittee on                     Phone: (610) 434-1444                               Phone: (215) 241-1090
Housing, Transportation                 Fax: (610) 434-1844                                 Fax: (215) 241-1095
and Community
Development                             Erie                                                Pittsburgh
                                        United States Federal Building                      100 W. Station Square Dr., Suite 225
Email the Senator via his               17 South Park Row, Suite B-120                      Pittsburgh, PA 15219
“Contact Form:”                         Erie, PA 16501                                      Phone: (412) 803-3501
http://toomey.senate.go                 Phone: (814) 453-3010                               Fax: (412) 803-3504
v/contact_form.cfm                      Fax: (814) 455-9925

Email address of                        Harrisburg                                          Washington, D.C.
legislator and of Key                   United States Federal Building                      B-40B Dirksen Senate Office Building
Staffer                                 228 Walnut St., Suite 1104                          Washington, D.C. 20510
                                        Harrisburg, PA 17101                                Phone: (202) 224-4254
Brett Doyle:                            Phone: (717) 782-3951                               Fax: (202) 228-0284
Brett_doyle@toomey.se                   Fax: (717) 782-4920
nate.gov

Housing staffer is
Dina Ellis (in DC):
Dina_ellis@toomey.sen
ate.gov



Senator Bob Casey                       Central PA                                          Lehigh Valley
                                        817 E. Bishop Street, Suite C                       840 Hamilton Street, Suite 301
Member of                               Bellefonte, PA 16823                                Allentown, PA 18101
Subcommittee on                         Phone: (814) 357-0314                               Phone: (610) 782-9470
Children and Families of                Fax: (814) 357-0318                                 Fax: (610) 782-9474
the Senate Health,
Education, Labor and                    Harrisburg                                          Philadelphia
Pensions Committee                      22 S. Third Street, Suite 6A                        2000 Market Street, Suite 1870
Email the Senator via his               Harrisburg, PA 17101                                Philadelphia, PA 19103
“Contact Form:”                         Phone: (717) 231-7540                               Phone: (215) 405-9660
http://casey.senate.gov/                Toll Free: (866) 461-9159                           Fax: (215) 405-9669



The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.
                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
contact/
                               2011
                        AugustFax: (717) 231-7542
                                        Northeastern PA                                     Pittsburgh
Housing staff: Jennifer                 417 Lackawanna Avenue, Suite                        Regional Enterprise Tower
McCloskey                               303                                                 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 2490
Jennifer_McCloskey@ca                   Scranton, PA 18503                                  Pittsburgh, PA 15219
sey.senate.gov                          Phone: (570) 941-0930                               Phone: (412) 803-7370
                                        Fax: (570) 941-0937                                 Fax: (412) 803-7379

                                        Erie                                                Washington D.C.
                                        17 South Park Row, Suite B-150                      393 Russell Senate Office Building
                                        Erie, PA 16501                                      Washington, D.C. 20510
                                        Phone: (814) 874-5080                               Phone: (202) 224-6324
                                        Fax: (814) 874-5084                                 Toll Free: (866) 802-2833
                                                                                            Fax: (202) 228-0604

PA Representatives to the United States House of Representatives

Rep. Jason                   Chris Lombardi                           Chris.lombardi@mail.house.gov                         202-2252565
Altmire
Rep. Lou Barletta            Thomas Lamberti                          Thomas.lamberti@mail.house.gov                        202-225-6511

Rep. Bob Brady               Eriade Williams                          Eriade.williams@mail.house.gov                        202-225-4731

Rep. Mark Critz              Jared Hawes                              Jared.hawes@mail.house.gov                            202-225-2065

Rep. Charles Dent Laura Stevens-Kent                                  Laura.Stevens-                                        202-225-6411
                                                                      Kent@mail.house.gov
Rep. Mike Doyle              Jean Roehrenbeck                         Jean.roehrenbeck@mail.house.gov                       202-225-2135

Rep. Chaka                   Nuku Ofori                               Nuku.ofori@mail.house.gov                             202-225-4001
Fattah
Rep. Mike                    Kyle Whatley                             Kyle.whatley@mail.house.gov                           202-225-4276
Fitzpatrick
Rep. Jim Gerlach             Ryan Bendinelli                          Ryan.bendinelli@mail.house.gov                        202-225-4315

Rep. Tim Holden              Courtney Williams                        Courtney.williams@mail.house.gov                      202-225-5546




The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.
                        Supporting Pennsylvania’s Strategy to End Homelessness
                        Because No Child Should be Homeless
Rep. Tom Marino
                        August 2011
                          Matt Minora                                  Matt.minora@mail.house.gov                            202-225-3731

Rep. Pat Meehan               Rachel Cook                              Rachel.cook@mail.house.gov                            202-225-2011

Rep. Tim Murphy               Brad Grantz                              Brad.grantz@mail.house.gov                            202-225-2301

Rep. Mike Kelly               Matthew Stroia                           Matthew.stroia@mail.house.gov                         202-225-5406

Rep. Joseph Pitts             Brian Bosak                              Brian.Bosak@mail.house.gov                            202-225-2411

Rep. Tom Platts               Molly Johnson                            Molly.johnson@mail.house.gov                          202-225-5836

Rep. Allyson                  Aaron Davis                              aaron.davis@mail.house.gov                            202-225-6111
Schwartz
Rep. Bill Shuster             Sean Joyce                               Sean.joyce@mail.house.gov                             202-225-2431

Rep. Glen                     Matt Brennan                             Matt.brennan@mail.house.gov                           202-225-5121
Thompson




Note: This document was created by the People’s Emergency Center (PEC), a provider of services to families and youth who are
experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. For more information, contact PEC at 215.382.7522.

i  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: The source for data is the website of U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) at
http://www.hudhre.info/index.cfm?do=viewHomelessRpts.
ii IBID
iii Project H.O.M.E.: Project H.O.M.E.'s Economic and Fiscal Impact on Philadelphia Neighborhoods




The Family Service Provider Network (FSPN) is an advocacy coalition of agencies that provide service to homeless families and children in the Greater Philadelphia
region. For more information: People’s Emergency Center, 325 N. 39th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.382.7522 x264, policy@pec-cares.org, www.pec-
cares.org.

				
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