Longietti: More than $150,400 in federal funding to fight homelessness

HERMITAGE, June 23 – Mercer County will receive more than $150,400 in federal funding to help residents combat homelessness, an imminent threat of homelessness, or the immediate need to secure safer surroundings, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced.

Longietti said that in addition to a grant totaling $150,438, Mercer County will share in more than $1.72 million in funding being distributed to 20 counties throughout the central and western portions of the state.

“Clean, safe housing is a precursor to all other life successes,” Longietti said. “It enables parents to protect and nurture their children, workers to rest and regenerate for a new workday and older, more vulnerable residents a place to live with dignity.

“Although the threat of homelessness is not new, the pandemic and related business shutdowns that have slowed our local economy have left more residents than ever feeling the burden – or threat – of losing a home. This funding will work to restore their hope.”

The funding – administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development – is provided through the federal Emergency Solutions Grant program and is part of a package of nearly $5.5 million that will fund rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, street outreach, and emergency shelter, among other resources.

Priority for funding is given to applicants representing areas of the commonwealth that do not already receive a direct allocation of Emergency Solutions Grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.