Transitions of PA has been awarded $238,795 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in partnership with the PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence (PCADV) to provide housing and case management to survivors of domestic violence in the region.
The majority of the funding will expand Transitions’ current rapid rehousing program that began in 2017. Transitions will receive about $137,000 in new rental assistance to serve victims in Union, Snyder, Northumberland, Columbia and Montour counties. This grant funding requires a match of 25 percent that must be raised in cash and donations.
In 2017, Transitions began its Rapid Rehousing Program through funding from a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program offers survivors of domestic violence who are experiencing homelessness a permanent housing solution.
Participants of this program receive rental assistance and case management for at least three months. In its first year, the program served 55 households. In total, the Transitions housing program provided housing assistance to 68 families with a high rate of success in reaching permanency.
Transitions is a founding member of the PCADV and these two organizations have a strategy to help end homelessness in rural Pennsylvania. As part of this strategy, PCADV received $1,150,736 to administer to domestic violence service providers throughout the Eastern PA Continuum of Care’s 33-county region.
Transitions also received additional HUD funding for a coordinated entry specialist position who will work with domestic violence service providers in 33 counties to increase permanent housing after leaving temporary emergency shelter.
In 2017, the Eastern PA Continuum of Care implemented Connect to Home: A Coordinated Entry System of PA. The specialist serves as the single point of access for victims and their children in 33 counties in the eastern half of the state.