Pew Trusts Awards $6.98 Million for Vulnerable Philadelphians

Pew Trusts Awards $6.98 Million for Vulnerable Philadelphians

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The Pew Charitable Trusts has announced forty-one grants totaling $6.98 million to Philadelphia-area nonprofits serving some of the region's most vulnerable adults.

Grants were awarded in three core areas — helping individuals with limited work skills obtain competitive employment; improving behavioral health outcomes through the use of evidence-informed approaches; and assisting victims of domestic violence or those with significant mental health problems in transitioning to independence and stability. With the funding, more than thirty-five thousand people, including those struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, and/or extended unemployment, will be assisted on an annual basis.

Recipients of the three-year grants include the Center for Employment Opportunities, which was awarded $250,000 to provide employment assistance to formerly incarcerated individuals; YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, which will receive $245,000 to provide job training and placement services to high school dropouts; Esperanza Health Center, which was awarded $170,000 in support of its behavioral health consultation services  for low-income North Philadelphia residents; the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County, which will receive $121,000 in support of its services for victims of domestic violence, and Project HOME, which was awarded $324,000 for its comprehensive services for homeless individuals.

"The Philadelphia region is home to large numbers of people in need, including adults facing unemployment and behavioral health issues," said Frazierita Klasen, the vice president overseeing Pew's work in Philadelphia. "Pew is very pleased to support these agencies that are making a difference every day through their compassion and commitment to evidence-based best practices."

For a complete list of grants, see the Pew Charitable Trusts website.