US stimulus gives Pa. over $3.7M for food, shelter

April 9, 2009 6:44:14 PM PDT
The federal economic stimulus is providing more than $3.7 million to Pennsylvania for emergency food and shelter programs. Most of the money is going to local governments based on measures of unemployment and poverty. Those grants range from a little over $6,000 for Potter County to more than $488,000 for Philadelphia. Also, Pennsylvania is getting more than $724,000 to serve areas that do not qualify based on this formula.

The money can be used for mass shelter, mass feeding, food banks and one-month assistance with rent, mortgage and utility payments to prevent evictions. It can also be used for transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.

U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey announced the funding Thursday.

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