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Pennsylvania state agency withheld funds that would have helped the homeless, says Pa. Auditor Gener

05-Jan-2016

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development could have provided money to help homeless men, women and children but didn't, according to a damning report by Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

The 75-page audit describes the mismanagement of two federally funded programs that provide money to help prevent homelessness in Pennsylvania. The audit found that between 2011 and 2014, DCED staff took unspent federal funds back from county homeless prevention programs and did not reallocate them when there was a need.

As a direct result, DePasquale said, at least 380 men, women and children did not get the help they needed in times of emergency.

"Local agencies working to prevent homelessness should be able to rely on DCED for prompt and efficient distribution of federal funds or the people they serve could literally be left out in the cold," DePasquale said.

"People should not have to live on the street, in the cold when there is money available to help agencies provide services to them."

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