The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has announced that Reading Housing Authority (RHA) has been awarded 45 Emergency Housing Vouchers from an allocation identified by HUD for agencies with need and capacity. These vouchers will be used by the RHA Housing Voucher Program to assist individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness, who are at risk of homelessness, or who have a high risk of housing instability.
The supplemental funding is allocated through the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program. Through EHV, HUD is providing 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local public housing authorities across the country to help Americans find and remain in housing. HUD estimates that these EHVs, alongside resources provided by the CARES Act, could help house 130,000 households.
RHA has collaborated with Berks Coalition to End Homelessness (BCEH) who serves as the lead collaborative applicant for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care (CoC) for the jurisdiction. Persons who believe they may be eligible for these vouchers are invited to contact Berks Coalition to End Homelessness, 831 Walnut Street, Reading PA 19601, (610) 372-2222 or www.bceh.org
Reading Housing Authority was established in 1939, opening its doors as the 9th Public Housing Agency in the state of Pennsylvania with the intent to meet the housing needs of residents of the City of Reading who were otherwise unable to afford housing that was decent and safe. Given economic constraints and the intimate relationship between income and housing instability, RHA serves a vital resource to the community in its array of subsidized housing programs.
The mission of Reading Housing Authority is to provide the foundation for people to find a home of hope and achieve their aspirations.