The Union County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the county has been awarded an $871,867 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). Funding for the ESG program is administered through the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
Union County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman Preston Boop said, “The Emergency Solutions Grant is essential to the success of the comprehensive, regional effort to assist homeless families and individuals and those at risk of becoming homeless due to a housing crisis. The services to be provided by the partnering agencies will offer direction and assistance crucial to building a stable housing environment.”
Union County applied on behalf of four area non-profit entities: Union-Snyder Community Action Agency, Transitions of PA, Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc., and Transitional Housing and Care Center of Columbia and Montour Counties. These partnering agencies are members of the Eastern Pennsylvania Continuum of Care and are dedicated in their roles to end homelessness in their communities.
The goal of the ESG funding is to work collaboratively with the partnering agencies to develop and implement a regional approach serving homeless families and individuals across Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties.
Union-Snyder Community Action Agency anticipates providing programming through street outreach, rapid rehousing, and homelessness prevention services such as providing essential services, and financial and rental assistance to eligible households.
Transitions of PA will provide rapid rehousing programming to victims of domestic violence who are fleeing or attempting to flee the abuse they are experiencing.
Central Susquehanna Opportunities Inc. anticipates providing programming through street outreach, rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention services, and the Homeless Management Information System such as providing essential services, financial and rental assistance to eligible households, and data entry support for those receiving services.
Transitional Housing and Care Center of Columbia and Montour Counties will operate the emergency shelter and provide related essential services.
SEDA-Council of Governments’ Community Development Program is administering the grant for Union County.
The ESG is a federal grant program that assists in specific program components targeted to helping families and individuals regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. The program components provide services focused on street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, Homeless Management Information System, and administration.