Housing is critical to a person’s health and well-being. DHS believes that too many Pennsylvanians who have extremely low incomes are rent-burdened, too many people experience homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, and too many people who live in institutions could live in the community with assistance.
The housing program will approach housing challenges in Pennsylvania by:
Removing barriers unique to each person
Connecting people with housing opportunities
Expanding affordable housing in PA
Partnering with local agencies
Utilizing data to measure progress
Pooling resources and sharing ideas
Five-year housing strategy
The five-year housing strategy is a comprehensive plan to connect Pennsylvanians to affordable, integrated, accessible, and supportive housing. DHS believes that a comprehensive, coordinated approach to healthy homes will result in a dramatic impact to Pennsylvania’s public health.
The strategy was first launched in 2016 in partnership with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, as well as other local, state, and federal agencies. In 2018, DHS updated the strategy to clarify goals and reorganize information.
Pennsylvania has a variety of housing programs and services that can help older adults and people with disabilities, individuals, and families with low incomes, or those who are at-risk of, or experiencing, homelessness.
The Housing Stakeholder Workgroup was established by DHS to collect stakeholder input on issues of Housing policy development and program administration within the context of the implementing the Housing Strategy.