Without federal funds, this regional homelessness program is shutting down - Generocity Philly

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Apr. 3, 2017 11:12 am

Without federal funds, this regional homelessness program is shutting down

Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program's one-year federal grant has run dry.

Homeless outreach program HOST will shut down this month.

(Photo by Flickr user Smythe Richbourg, used under a Creative Commons license)

Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a regional nonprofit program that employs formerly homeless individuals as outreach specialists, has run out of funding.

According to WHYY Newsworks, the program is still operating on a federal grant it received from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2015. HOST will shutter this month.

While President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut $6.2 billion from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), HOST is shutting down because regional governments are unable to pay for the program once its grant expires.

Philadelphia’s homeless outreach program, a collaboration between local providers and the city’s Office of Homeless Services, was revamped last year.

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Tony Abraham

Tony Abraham is Technically Media's special projects reporter, where he regularly writes for Generocity. He's a former reporter for Technical.ly in Delaware and Philly and a Philly News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." A proud native of Allentown, Pa., the Temple University alumnus calls Fishtown home.

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