Newsletter

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.

October 3, 2017

Homeless Shelter Recognized for “Food Moxie”
Elder Rob Harrison, Director, Stenton Family Manor is being honored by
Food Moxie for helping homeless families grow, prepare and eat healthy food.
Join the celebration

Philly’s Furniture Bank not only makes a house a home, they get people out of shelters sooner!
The Furniture Bank gives people moving out of a shelter a chance to “shop” for home furnishings at no cost. This isn’t just a wonderful program; it actually REDUCES shelter stays by 3 months on average. They are hosting an Open House on October 5th. Get more information here and plan to stop by to learn more about how you can support their work!

200 “Service Days” Makes for Good Neighbors
Did you know that the City’s Office of Homeless Services together with Outreach, the Streets and the Police regularly go out into the community to provide Service Days? That’s when social workers talk with people living on the street, offer services and check that their belongings don’t pose a health and safety threat. People get written notice if they leave behind belongings that must removed

We Never Stop- Sustaining a Virtual End to Veteran’s Homelessness
The 2017 Delaware Valley Veterans Stand Down, held in September at the VA Medical Center reached 200 veterans. The Office of Homeless Services engaged 52 of those in attendance, connecting them with housing and other services. Great work!

Off the Street and Into a Future- Hope for People who are Homeless and Addicted
Pathways for Housing PA gives people with Substance Use Disorder and living on the street a chance to get healthy and off the street by providing a rent subsidy with wrap-around medical, social and psychiatric services. Read more here! 

Events – We’re only as good as our partners. Support them and help us put more people into homes!
Women Against Abuse– iPledge Campaign Press Conference– Oct 4
Food Moxie – From Seed to Supper – Oct 6
The Pink Elephant – Second Annual Run/Walk – Oct 7
Haircut4Homeless – New Beginnings – Oct 8
Lutheran Settlement House – 2017 Men Can Rally – Oct 11
Valley Youth House – Open House – Oct 18
Families Forward Philadelphia – Jannie Blackwell Gala – Oct 18
Share Food Program – Party in the Warehouse – Oct 26
Achieveability – West Philly Golf Classic – Oct 28
Depaul USA – Casino Night – Nov 4
Project HOME – Hub of Hope Benefit – Nov 6

Here’s where you can find more information about these events.

Ready Resources
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Office of Homeless Services | City of Philadelphia | 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard | Suite 1030 | Philadelphia, PA 19102


September 5, 2017

Pathways to Housing PA
This fidelity Housing First model is helping people at the Intersection of the Opioid Crisis and Homelessness.

Community Engagement is a Powerful Tool to Help Vulnerable People
South Street Headhouse District Association hosts a town hall on homelessness and panhandling in Old City.

Are You Up for the Redemption House One Day Challenge?
Experience the challenges of returning home after incarceration. Are you up to it?

Another Perspective on Panhandling and Street Homelessness
You never know what random people on the street will say when approached by a reporter. Hank from Fox 29 does some digging.

Philly as National Expert
Reps from San Diego are coming to town to host an expert roundtable in Philadelphia. They were inspired by the progress we’ve made in the effort to end homelessness and look forward to learning more about it. 

Ready Resources
Where to Turn   |   Meal Schedule  

Office of Homeless Services | City of Philadelphia | 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard | Suite 1030 | Philadelphia, PA 19102

September 19, 2017

Taking Action in Kensington/Fairhill
55,000 Philadelphians are known to have used heroin last year. 15,000 sought publicly funded treatment and there were 900 fatal overdoses. Unfortunately, the Kensington/Fairhill section is ground-zero. The City is TAKING ACTION! Read the highlights about our work.

Books for Homeless Kids
Did you know that 14,000 books are enough to fill a bookshelf two football fields long? That’s how many books were collected during the recent Books Across Philly book drive as part of a literacy campaign organized by California’s Molina Foundation.

Teresa Cherry, Bright Spaces Coordinator, helped gather new books valued over $100,000 distributed to 27 agencies including shelters, early childhood programs, and rec centers. Check out the story from Fox 29!

Valley Youth House 2017 Backpack Challenge
Back to school can be a stressful time for youth in foster care who don’t have a support system to help them get school supplies. The Valley Youth House Backpack Challenge eases that stress by raising money and collecting essential back-to-school items for youth age 14-21 who are off to college or high school in the fall. Homeless Services participated in this year’s challenge, filling a 4 ½ feet tall box with backpacks and all kinds of cool supplies. Thanks to everyone who donated to support our most vulnerable youth and prepare them for success in school!

We Never Stop- Sustaining a Virtual End to Veteran’s Homelessness
The 2017 Delaware Valley Veterans Stand Down, held in September at the VA Medical Center reached 200 veterans. The Office of Homeless Services engaged 52 of those in attendance, connecting them with housing and other services. Great work!

Philly’s Work Attracts National Recognition
San Diego turns to Philly for advice on homelessness. Jane Ottensmeyer, Strategist, GOOD Corps, was engaged by Funders Together to convene an expert roundtable in Philadelphia to help inform their local strategy. “We are inspired by the progress you’ve made in the effort to end homelessness.”

Ready Resources
Where to Turn   |   Meal Schedule  

Office of Homeless Services | City of Philadelphia | 1401 John F Kennedy Boulevard | Suite 1030 | Philadelphia, PA 19102