Every other week, I’ll tell you about the phenomenal work the City’s Office of Homeless Services and our partners are doing to move people from homeless to home.
March 14, 2018
Hub of Hope Update
The Hub of Hope daytime engagement center in Suburban Station offers hope through year-round services for people experiencing homelessness in Center City. People who come to their door can shower, do laundry, and get connected to services to help stabilize their lives. Now they can get a meal on Friday evenings, addressing a bit of food insecurity. Would you like to help provide meals? Click here. Would you like to help serve meals? Click here.
Provider Spotlight We have the most amazing network of partners. Hard working. Committed. Creative. Relentless advocates. We’ll give a shout out to their phenomenal work with each issue.
Tenant Union Representative Network (TURN) They hold Renters’ Rights & Responsibilities workshops every Saturday morning to help tenants avoid eviction and remain housed.
Covenant House They provide shelter and services to 700 young people each year who come to their service center in Philly. We are proud that they’re part of our Housing 4 Youth Collaborative.
People’s Emergency Center In 2017, 736 people were served through their Criminal Record Expungement Clinic.
Have you heard about CEA-BHRS (pronounced “see-breeze”)? It’s Philadelphia’s Coordinated Entry and Assessment-Based Housing Referral System — one more way to quickly move people from homeless to housed. Launched on January 23, CEA-BHRS modernizes the system to match people based on need rather than first-come/first-served. It’s a major system transformation initiative that creates universal access points, standardized assessment, and housing placement. It does not add resources, it is designed to help us better deploy them. Click here for more details.
Youth Access Points Now Open
If you are 18-24 years old and experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia you can now go to an access point for youth and young adults to be evaluated for services through the City homeless assistance system. Visit Valley Youth House or the Attic Youth Center for help. Click here for more information. If you are under 18, contact one of the Runaway and Homeless Youth providers for help. Here’s the list.
Coming Events Shared Safety– Open Meeting – 3/14 Gaudenzia – 50th Anniversary Dinner – 3/18 Homeless Advocacy Project– Free Birth Certificate Clinic – 3/20 One Day at a Time– Group Night with Freeway Rick Ross – 3/23 Women Against Abuse – Dish it Up 10th Anniversary – 3/28 Gaudenzia – 25th Annual Women and Children’s Conference – 3/29 & 30 Homeless Advocacy Project – Annual Benefit – 4/5 Congreso de Latinos Unidos – Job Fair – 4/11 Pathways to Housing PA – Philadelphia Chair Affair – 4/19 Bethesda Project – 21st Annual Party and Auction – 5/3 Dignity Housing – 30th Anniversary Celebration – 5/5 ACHIEVEAbility – Food for Thought – 5/5 Juvenile Law Center – Leadership Prize Celebration – 5/9 Lutheran Settlement House – Women of Courage-10 Year Anniversary of Jane Addams House – 5/18 Valley Youth House – Setting the Stage with Elton John – 9/8
Homeless Services Food Access Unit
L to R: Kerry Mahon, Madeline Guth, Billy Hoffer, Katie Dockhorn, Jo Lin
Welcome the New Food Access Unit
One in four Philadelphians are food insecure – hunger and poverty hurt so many of our neighbors. Homeless Services now has a Food Access Unit to address food insecurity. A big welcome to Jo Lin, Homeless Services’ Food Access Manager, and her able and eager staff! Click here to see where to get free meals and here for more information on hunger in Philadelphia.
Good News For Renters
One in 14 renters in Philly renters received an eviction notice in 2015. Most of the time when renters go to landlord-tenant court they lose. That’s because landlords can afford lawyers, tenants usually can’t. The Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project can help renters facing eviction. We’re excited about its potential to prevent homelessness. The Public Comment Session is 3/5 4-6 PM at 801 Market Street. If you want to speak, sign up by 3/1. Read more about it here
Do you or someone you know need an ID to access benefits? You may be able to get one from the state of PA without paying the application fee. To get more information on waiving the fee call the PA Department of Health at 844-228-3516 or visit their website.
What an Honor!
We’re proud to announce that Liz Hersh is among the honorees for the Lutheran Settlement House (LSH) annual Women of Courage event! Mark your calendars for 5/18 and plan to celebrate LSH’s 10 years of serving families experiencing homelessness at Jane Addams Place. Congratulations Liz!! Click here for more information.
We Know What Works!
Did you know that there is a 90% success rate for people who exit homelessness into permanent housing? That’s an amazing number that shows the importance of supportive housing in stabilizing households who are exiting homelessness. Read more about supportive housing here
Coming Events Public Comment Session on Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Program – 3/5 Congreso de Latinos Unidos– Gala Latina 2018 – 3/10 Gaudenzia – 50th Anniversary Dinner – 3/18 Women Against Abuse – Dish it Up 10th Anniversary – 3/28 Gaudenzia – 25th Annual Women and Children’s Conference – 3/29 & 30 Pathways to Housing PA – Philadelphia Chair Affair – 4/19 Bethesda Project – 21st Annual Party and Auction – 5/3 ACHIEVEAbility – Food for Thought – 5/5 Juvenile Law Center – Leadership Prize Celebration – 5/9 Lutheran Settlement House – Women of Courage-10 Year Anniversary of Jane Addams House – 5/18
2018 Point In Time Count
Over 400 volunteers hit the streets overnight January 24 to count unsheltered homeless people in Philly. What’s new this year is that more than 40% of the volunteers had been homeless. The annual count helps the City to decide where to put resources to move people from the streets into homes. Click here to read more.
HUD Team at the 2018 Youth Count
2018 Youth Count
Youth Count Philadelphia took place on January 25. Another group of awesome volunteers covered the city to survey homeless youth age 13-24 about their housing stability. The count will tell us the size of the youth population in need housing and support services in our city. Thanks to all who helped out!
Helping a Neighborhood in Crisis
Mike DiBerardinis, Philly’s Managing Director, recently talked to Fairhill residents about ways the City is fighting the opioid epidemic in their community. Some solutions included: warming centers, safer encampments, recovery housing, and safe injection sites. Read moreabout how the City wants to save lives in Kensington.
Hub of Hope Opens
On January 30 the Hub of Hope opened in the SEPTA Concourse. The first-of-its-kind in any big city transit center, the 11,000 square foot Hub provides showers, meals, physical and behavioral health services with a special focus on chronically homeless people. Thanks to Project HOME, SEPTA, and many others for bringing this center to life. Here’s more information about the Hub of Hope. Other agencies providing daytime services include New Life Recovery Center, Philadelphia FIGHT, and One Day at a Time. Check out the list here.
Coming Events Action Wellness – Glamsino Royale – 2/15 Congreso de Latinos Unidos– Gala Latina 2018 – 3/10 Gaudenzia – 50th Anniversary Dinner – 3/18 Women Against Abuse – Dish it Up 10th Anniversary – 3/28 Gaudenzia – 25th Annual Women and Children’s Conference – 3/29 & 30 Pathways to Housing PA – Philadelphia Chair Affair – 4/19 Bethesda Project – 21st Annual Party and Auction – 5/3 ACHIEVEAbility – Food for Thought – 5/5
Here’s What Success Looks Like One of our favorite stories of 2017!
Brenda lived on the streets for many years. She and other two formerly chronic street homeless women are now living at Bethesda Serenity house.
This photo is from their housewarming. Thanks to the Bethesda Project and our amazing partners for their commitment to moving people from the streets to a home.
Code Blue Update
The recent bone-chilling weather was remarkable, but even more remarkable was the City’s response to the crisis. During the longest Code Blue in recent memory nohomeless individuals died of exposure. Philly really pulled together to help its most vulnerable citizens. Thanks to everyone! Click here to read the highlights.
CoC Funding Great news! HUD awarded the City $33,850,808 in renewal, new and Continuum of Care (CoC) planning projects. This means that we, and our amazing providers, can continue the critical work to move people from homeless to housed. Click here to see the summary of the award. Congratulations to the CoC planning team and Homeless Services for its work!
Coming Events People’s Emergency Center – BELL Forum – 1/19 Action Wellness – Glamsino Royale – 2/15 Congreso de Latinos Unidos– Gala Latina 2018 – 3/10 Gaudenzia – 50th Anniversary Dinner – 3/18 Women Against Abuse – Dish it Up 10th Anniversary – 3/28 Gaudenzia – 25th Annual Women and Children’s Conference – 3/29 & 30 ACHIEVEAbility – Food for Thought – 5/5