Petrarca: Indiana County to receive nearly $100K to help families, individuals impacted by homelessness due to pandemic

VANDERGRIFT, July 13 – Indiana County Commissioners have been awarded approximately $99,640 to assist homeless families and individuals and to support efforts to prevent future homelessness, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca announced.

Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, said the funds are part of the first of two allocations of Emergency Solutions Grant CARES Act funding distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

“We know many Indiana County residents, through no fault of their own, have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the loss of their homes,” Petrarca said. “These funds will provide immediate help to them and also prevent further losses by other residents who may be facing the same threat.”

Approximately $19 million will be distributed statewide, with most of the funds earmarked for homelessness prevention efforts. The remaining funds will be used to provide immediate shelter, including emergency shelter services and outreach.

More information can be found at the following link: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/emergency-solutions-grant-cares-act-esg-cv/.