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Bucks County Joins Communities around the State in Applying for New Funding for Homeless Services

July 27, 2018

The Housing Continuum of Care of Bucks County (HCoC-BC) has signed on to participate in the Home4Good program and apply for funding through this initiative. HCoC-BC is a network of service providers committed to the goal of ending homelessness in Bucks County (http://www.hcocbc.com).

Created by FHLBank Pittsburgh and administered by PHFA, Home4Good funds Pennsylvania programs that help individuals who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness. This year, FHLBank Pittsburgh provided $3 million toward the effort and PHFA provided $1.5 million, for a total contribution of $4.5 million. The overall goal of the organization is to reduce homelessness in the state. Bucks County is one of 15 counties applying for the funding this year.

 “Home4Good is an exciting opportunity to increase funding to serve those experiencing housing instability throughout Bucks County,” said Jeffrey Fields, Director of the Bucks County Department of Housing Services. “The program allows our system to focus on areas of critical need within Bucks County.”

Home4Good funding will be distributed as grants to organizations that help individuals retain or find housing, provide supportive services to those facing homelessness or address other unmet needs within the existing homeless provider network. Service providers seeking funding should apply through the HCoC-BC, which will review and prioritize incoming applications for funding consideration by FHLBank and PHFA. The Request for Proposals as well as additional information about the program can be found on PHFA’s website at: https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/.

Many organizations qualify to apply for funding, including local governments, nonprofits, housing authorities and others. Successful Home4Good applicants will offer programs that prevent or reduce homelessness, meet a critical need within the community, collaborate with others to address established goals, and have a track record of success. The deadline for groups to apply to the HCoC-BC for 2018 funding under the Home4Good initiative is August 24th.

 Interested organizations can contact Stefanie Bodman for details at sdbodman@buckscounty.org