Wolf Administration Releases Guidance on Emergency Housing, Quarantine Sheltering, Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness – PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today outlined housing policies and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation efforts. The departments of Human Services (DHS) and Community and Economic Development (DCED) the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), and other state agencies have collaborated to issue recommendations to stem foreclosures, evictions, and utility shut-offs as well as serve the needs of those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 emergency.

“Access to safe, secure housing can greatly impact a person’s health. As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of safe housing is more essential than ever,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “Every Pennsylvanian needs to take Governor Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order seriously to stop the spread of the coronavirus, regardless of their current housing circumstance. That’s why we are working to provide housing resources for those who need them.”

In response to these housing and sheltering needs, DHS activated the commonwealth’s Sheltering Taskforce, which is made up of local, county and state agencies and other partners and stakeholders. The taskforce focuses on sheltering and service needs for individuals who cannot self-isolate, including people who are experiencing homelessness, survivors of domestic violence, and others who may have household members who are vulnerable to exposure.

The taskforce worked with PEMA to document the process for people who are experiencing homelessness and who are waiting for COVID-19 test results or are not feeling well to access a sheltering site for quarantine. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has also issued guidance