The Pennsylvania Early Childhood Homelessness Task Force, formed in February 2018, examines opportunities across the state to increase the number of young children living in shelters connected to quality early learning programs, and provides support to both the early learning and family shelter communities.

In early 2020, while discussing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on family homeless shelters in Pennsylvania, the Task Force brought the lack of access to technology to the attention of the Pennsylvania Head Start State Collaboration Office (HSSCO).

HSSCO received approval to utilize Federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through 5 (PDG) funding in lieu of projects halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HSSCO was approved to repurpose PDG funding to offer grants up to $10,000 to family homeless shelters serving families with children under 5-years-old.

Grants were specifically funded to support the purchase of or improvements to internet and wireless access, computer equipment and supplies, and family engagement materials and activities for parents and children to use while in shelter. Read more.

Family Homeless Shelter Technology Grantees

Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center, Inc., Tarentum
A Woman’s Place, Doylestown
ACHIEVEability, Philadelphia
ACTS Christian Transitional Services, Inc., Philadelphia
Alice Paul House, Indiana
Auberle, McKeesport
Catholic Social Services, Philadelphia
Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Scranton, Inc., Scranton
City Mission – Living Stones, Inc., Uniontown
Clare House, Inc., Lancaster
Clinton County Housing Coalition, Inc., Lockhaven
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc., Boothwyn
Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem
Community Action, Inc., Punxsutawney
Community, Youth and Women’s Alliance, Inc., Coatsville
Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, West Chester
Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, Inc., Lebanon
Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County, Lancaster
Drueding Center, Philadelphia
Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of PA, Philadelphia
Family Promise of Carbon County, Lehighton
Family Promise of Indiana Co, Inc., Indiana
Family Promise of Monroe County, Inc., Stroudsburg
Family Promise of Southern Chester County, Kennett Square
Gaudenzia, Inc (Kindred House), Norristown
Gaudenzia, Inc (New Image Program), Norristown
Gaudenzia, Inc (WINNER Program), Norristown
Hannah’s Hope Ministries, Inc., Reading
Haven House Shelter, Dubois
Helping All Victims in Need, Inc., Kittaning
Housing Transitions, Inc., State College
Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, Ambler
Interfaith Hospitality Network of the Main Line, Norristown
Laurel House, Norristown
Lebanon County Christian Ministries, Lebanon
Love an Care Residential Systems, Inc., Landsdowne
Lutheran Social Mission Society dba Lutheran Settlement House, Philadelphia
Milagro House, Inc., Lancaster
North Hills Affordable Housing dba HEARTH, Glenshaw
People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia
Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia
Rachel Falkove, Philadelphia
Resources for Human Development, Inc., Philadelphia
Robin’s Home, Inc., Butler
Safe Berks, Reading
Safe Harbour, Inc., Carlisle
SafeNet Domestic Violence Safety Network, Erie
Schuylkill Women in Crisis, Pottsville
Shalom House, Harrisburg
Stuart House, Carlisle
The Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County, New Castle
The Lighthouse Foundation, Valencia
The Salvation Army, West Nyack
Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, Easton
Women Against Abuse, Inc., Philadelphia
Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh

Get more information about the Pennsylvania Head Start State Collaboration Office.