Monroe County awarded $170,000 grant to address homelessness

HARRISBURG, Dec. 22 – State Rep. Maureen Madden, D-Monroe, announced that Monroe County has been awarded a $170,000 grant to help address homelessness.

"I'm pleased the county will be receiving this funding to help respond to homelessness in the county," Madden said. "It's been proven that getting a family or individual experiencing homelessness into rapid rehousing programs as quickly as possible is key to getting them into permanent housing, thereby reducing the return to homelessness, increasing a household's self-sufficiency and decreasing homelessness overall."

The federal Emergency Solutions Grant was provided through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The funding may be used for rapid rehousing, street outreach, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter, homeless management information system and administrative costs.

The ESG program is designed to assist people to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.