2016-2017 Panhandling Survey – Executive Summary
The Office of the Deputy Managing Director for Health and Human Services interviewed 129 persons found panhandling from November 2016 to January 2017. Interviewees responded to questions on panhandling behavior, income and benefits, housing, and health. The key findings are:
- People who panhandle in Center City Philadelphia also live in Philadelphia.
- They treat their activity like a full-time job.
- They earn a meager wage, which they use for essentials.
- People who panhandle would like to be employed, but face significant barriers to employment.
- The panhandling population experiences housing instability.
- The opioid epidemic has had an apparent effect on panhandling in Philadelphia.
- Panhandling is an individual activity and is routinely censured by authorities.
The Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) project has two primary goals:
(1) Increase the enrollment of children ages birth – 5 years experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia into high quality early childhood education programs (ECE). These programs include any child care, day care, preschool, Head Start, or ECE program with a Keystone STARS rating of 3-4 (the highest ratings for quality early learning programs in the city).
(2) Increase the developmental friendliness Emergency Housing and Transitional Housing (EH/TH) programs in Philadelphia.
To accomplish these goals, the BELL project engaged in several activities over the past year:
i. Survey of ECE-use among children in EH/TH programs throughout Philadelphia.
ii. Environmental survey of all EH/TH programs using the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters.
iii. Focus groups with parents and providers on barriers/facilitators to ECE enrollment.
iv. A review of promising practices for ECE enrollment.
This report describes key activities and findings from these four categories in more detail. The BELL project is a two-year initiative. The year-one findings help develop and support the year-two efforts.
Three Reports on Homelessness
DBHIDS, Project HOME and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness release reports on homelessness. Click on the image to read/download the report.
Homeless Services Director’s Report February 16, 2017
Click on the image below to download the report.
Report from the Director
November 2, 2016
As promised here are the results of the survey of people living on the streets in Aviator/Logan Circle, 2 Penn Centre and Rittenhouse Square.
Summer 2016, Homeless Services Activity, Executive Summary, DBHIDS, TIP Unit
This Report provides a summary of the outreach efforts between May 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016. It details outreach efforts during the week of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, response calls, the findings of the outreach surveys administered in preparation for the DNC, the newly added outreach business log books, and results of the quarterly PIT Count. Finally, this report provides an analysis of data regarding safe havens and Journey of Hope programs.
K Counts (End Homelessness in Kensington)
June 16, 2016
Kensington Homelessness Task Force facilitated Kensington Counts, an event in Kensington to count and survey individuals experiencing homelessness as well as connect them to vital resources and services.
A total of four drop-in locations opened for the event from 7pm to 11pm: Catholic Worker, Prevention Point, Mother of Mercy House, and St. Mark’s Church. In addition to these drop-in locations, five cars went out from 7pm to 11pm to conduct surveys and outreach with individuals unable or unwilling to go to drop-ins and Prevention Point’s medical van was stationed at an entrance to the tent city near the Conrail tracks.
All drop-ins and street teams provided food, toiletry kits, and socks. Additionally, basic medical care was available at three locations: Catholic Worker, Prevention Point, and the tent city tracks.
Click on the report at left for all the data.
100-Day Street Homelessness Challenge
The Street Homelessness Challenge is a proven, structured planning and action process “choreographed” by Rapid Results Institute. It focuses on three distinct groups of people living on the streets of Philadelphia: Youth, Chronically Homeless and Newly Homeless. Three Community teams were established supported by a Leadership Team. One year later, read the update on the 100-Day Street Homelessness Challenge – from Liz Hersh.
Community Teams Progress Reports
July 11, 2016
Below you will find links to each teams report. Click on an image to download.
October 6, 2016
Read our 100 Day Review