Pew Announces $6.98M in Grants Supporting Philadelphia Region’s Vulnerable Adults

Funding to assist more than 35,000 people annually through 41 local organizations

Pew Announces $6.98M in Grants Supporting Philadelphia Region’s Vulnerable Adults
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PHILADELPHIA—The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that it will provide $6.98 million over the next three years to 41 Philadelphia-area nonprofits that serve some of the region’s most vulnerable adults. More than 35,000 people, including those struggling with homelessness, mental health issues, and extended unemployment, will be assisted on an annual basis.

Pew’s support will help agencies that focus on three core areas:

  • Helping individuals with limited work skills to obtain competitive employment.
  • Improving behavioral health outcomes through the use of evidence-informed approaches.
  • Helping adults who are victims of domestic violence or those with significant mental health problems transition to independence and stability.

“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 over 25 years, Pew has supported health and social services organizations in the region through the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services in Philadelphia. The program assists local nonprofits that serve some of the most vulnerable members of the community—disadvantaged children, youth, and families; adults with multiple complex issues; and the frail elderly—in Philadelphia and neighboring Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties.

A complete list of the 2017 awards serving vulnerable adults can be found here.

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