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Serving More People in the Community 

Housing is critical to a person's health and well-being. The Department of Human Services (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

5-Year Housing Strategy   

DHS' Housing Strategy is a 5-year comprehensive plan to connect Pennsylvanians to affordable, integrated, accessible, and supportive housing.

DHS is currently working on updating its 5-Year Housing Strategy for 2024-2029 to be release in Spring 2024. You can receive up-to-date information by completing the following survey and joining our contact list: 

Past 5-Year Housing Plan Documents

Supporting Innovation

DHS is committed to addressing social determinants of health like housing around Pennsylvania. Through this commitment, we are exploring the connection between homelessness or housing instability, health outcomes, and health care spending.