Achievements

April 18, 2018

FY 2019 Budget Testimony before Philadelphia City Council by the Director of the Office of Homeless Services

The Office of Homeless Services takes our stewardship of public dollars very seriously. We provide high quality, person-centered, data-informed, accountable and transparent services
to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness – and the larger community. Our mission is to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring in Philadelphia. My testimony highlights some of our work. Read


March 2018

Update on Homelessness

April 24, 2017

Testimony by Liz Hersh to City Council on the FY 18 Budget 

Good afternoon, Council President Clarke and Members of City Council. Thank you for the opportunity to testify about our FY18 budget request today. . . . . .We are requesting $94,728,265 for FY18 to support our mission to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. We are dedicated to high quality, person-centered, data-informed, accountable and transparent services that meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness – and the larger community. . . . . .

I have divided my testimony into four sections:

  • First, I would like to talk about significant actions we are taking to advance the mission of making homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring;
  • Second, I would like to provide highlights of a few special initiatives in which Council members have expressed particular interest;
  • Third, I would brief you on some achievements of which we are especially proud;
  • Finally, I must address the threat to our progress presented by President Trump’s “Skinny Budget.”

Read the full testimony.