CoC Resources


December 11, 201

Philadelphia’s Roadmap to Homes (RtH)

Would you like to vote for members of the new Roadmap to Homes Board of Directors? Just sign up as a community member. It’s free and easy to join. All stakeholders in the homeless community are invited to join as members and vote. Watch for more information about a Service Providers Commission & a Lived Experience Commission, and a Community Membership Meeting – all coming soon!!  It’s all part of implementing our Roadmap to Homes: Philadelphia’s 5-Year Strategic Plan. Contact Leah Staub with any questions: 215-686-7163.
Biweekly “Updates and Resources”  email contents are also on the Office of Homeless Services website. Do you have something to include? Let us know! Fill out this online form.


Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) is offering free or low-cost energy savings retrofits to owners of income-qualified multifamily housing. Under the Low Income Multifamily Efficiency (LIME) Program, PGW pays for energy saving measures that could include low-flow plumbing fixtures, air-sealing, upgraded thermostats, insulation and in some cases improvements to heating or hot water systems. If a building is eligible, PGW pays for 100% of approved work serving income-qualified tenants, and 33% of the project costs for all other customers. For questions and additional information, contact Stu Jerue, Manager of Energy Efficiency & Emerging Customer Programs, at 215-684-6499,
ATTENTION: Philadelphia Housing Authority’s move has been delayed by a week.  n December 21st, PHA Offices will be closed. They will reopen on December 24th at a new office location: 2013 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121. Questions? Contact: 215.684.4112 or For questions specific to Housing Choice Vouchers: 215.684.4329;
The Office of Homeless Services (OHS) recently held a webinar to debrief the 2018 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Funding Competition with the community. The slides and a recording of that webinar are now posted on the OHS website.

Pennsylvania has reinstated the General Assistance (GA) program!! Payments began being authorized beginning 11/19 and benefits began appearing on Access Cards on 11/20. Initial payments should be completed by the end of November.

As of November 9th:

  • 2,458 people have been found eligible. Their payments will be issued in late November. Applicants will be sent an approval notice starting 11/20 and should check if there are benefits on their EBT Access Card. Those without Food Stamps need to get a Card from the County Assistance Office (CAO).
  • 6,049 cases are pending – they still require verification(s) and/ or an interview. People should check their mail or contact the Department HelpLine at 1-800-692-7462 if it is not clear how to complete their application. They can check on the status of their cases by going to the CAO or calling the Customer Service Center (215-560-7226).
  • 13,748 people have been found ineligible. They will have received a letter saying why they were turned down and can appeal within 30 days of that notice. They can also try to fix the problem by providing the needed verification or scheduling an interview. In either case, they should act quickly. Community Legal Services (215-227-2400) and Philadelphia Legal Assistance (215-981-3800) are offering help.

More detailed information can be found on the CLS website.


The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania wants to hear about what is working to combat homelessness: creative solutions, effective partnerships, and new ideas! Please take a moment to fill out this short questionnaire on opportunities and solutions to tackle homelessness. Survey results will inform future policy and program efforts. The Housing Alliance will have a special Policy Committee call in early 2019 to discuss survey results and policy recommendations.
The Full City Challenge, a joint initiative of the Economy League and Billy Penn, is focused on identifying and supporting new collaborations that leverage our local food economy to address the acute problems of hunger and poverty in the Philadelphia region. Short proposals are being accepted through January 24th for initiatives, campaigns, social enterprises, technology platforms and other new solutions that use food, culinary or agricultural-based solutions to address pervasive hunger and its underlying causes. Select participants will gain access to the Economy League’s extensive network of advisors, policymakers and influencers as they refine promising proposals. Then there’ll be a live pitch competition and party on February 19th, with the winner receiving a $5,000 mini-grant to advance a small-scale pilot.

Applications for the 2019 True Colors Fellowship program are now open to LGBTQ-identified young people ages 18-24 with lived experience of housing instability and/or homelessness! The Fellowship offers up to 5 young people the opportunity to execute a 6-month project that contributes to a more inclusive world in which LGBTQ young people are included and affirmed in their identities. Fellows make professional connections, gain hands-on organizing experience, and build leadership skills, while receiving nominal payments and expense reimbursements. Fellowship applications are due March 1st.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is now open for 2018-19! LIHEAP helps families living on low incomes pay their heating bills. LIHEAP provides a grant that does not need to be repaid. Cash grants range from $200 to $1,000, based on household size, income, and fuel type, with a one-time payment sent directly to the utility company/fuel provider, and credited on the household’s bill. Crisis grants are also available for households in immediate danger of being without heat.
Women’s Opportunities Resource Center has several office spaces available in Center City for local small businesses and non-profits. For $400/month, WORC offers a professional environment, flexible office sharing options, short-term leases, and amenities including a kitchenette, desktop PC, scanner, and copier.

Events & Trainings

December 12 & 13, 8:30am–1pm: Mental Health First Aid
December 12, 8:30am–1:30pm: December Shared Prosperity Roundtable: West Philadelphia Promise Zone
December 12, 10am–12pm: Workplace Wednesday: Resume Review
December 12, 3–4:30pm: Creating Your Property Management Dream Team ($50)
December 12, 5–6:30pm: Wellness Wednesday for Women Veterans
December 12, 7–8pm: Presenting Your Best Self: Job Interview Techniques
December 13, 9am–12pm: Financial Forecasting for a More Secure Future ($69-$75)
CSH is offering a live webinar series for Successful Supervision: Effectively Overseeing Housing Case Management, covering:

($200/full course or $50/webinar, group rates available, included in CSH Subscription Service)

December 13, 2–4:30pm: Philadelphia Benefits Access Coalition 2018 Workshop Series: Child Care Subsidy & WIC 101
December 13, 4–5:30pm: Basic Household Budgeting
December 14, 9am–4pm: Effective Communications to Build Relationships, Engagement & Understanding ($129-$159)
December 14, 10am–3pm: Family Member Story Telling Training
December 14, 10–11am: Networking to Get Working!
December 15, 10am–2pm: Bilingual Storytelling Through Health and Wellness
December 18, 6:30–9pm: CPR and First Aid Certification Course, including Adult/Child CPR, AED, Active Shooter, and Choking Hazard trainings
December 20, 5–6pm: Homeless Memorial Day (Join the 2018 Homeless Memorial Planning Group!!)
January 8, 8:30am–5pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
January 9 & 10, 8:30am–1pm: Mental Health First Aid
January 9, 10am–12pm: TANF to Employment
January 15, 8:30am–5pm: Mental Health First Aid
January 15, 6–8pm: Visions of 2019! A Vision Board Workshop for People of Color ($10 Early Bird until Dec 29)
January 16, 8:30am–2pm: Formulating Workforce Solutions: A Focus on North Philadelphia
January 19, 10am–2pm: Storytelling Through Health and Wellness
January 21, 9–11am: Becoming Trauma Informed: Define Trauma and its Impact – PAKeys Event ID: 299926 ($7)
January 23, 12–1:30pm: 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Symposium: Achieving Population Health Through Health Equity
CSH is offering a Healthy Aging Academy series of 7 live webinars, intended for case managers, supervisory staff, and property management staff in supportive and affordable housing projects who serve a high number of older adults.

  • Academy Kick-Off: January 29, 2–3pm
  • Housing-Based Case Management: February 12, 2–3:30pm
  • Dementia Care: February 26, 2–3:30pm
  • Effective Engagement: March 12, 2–3:30pm
  • Benefit Programs and Financial Management: March 26, 2–3:30pm
  • Promoting Safety through Property Management: April 9, 2–3:30pm
  • End of Life Care: April 23, 2–3:30pm

The Academy is $350 per agency. Agencies can register up to 3 participants.

February 5, 8:30am–5pm: Mental Health First Aid
February 6, 10am–4pm: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing ($99)
February 16 & 23, 9am–1:30pm: Mental Health First Aid
February 19, 9am–4pm: Working with Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence ($25 or $50 with CEUs)
February 19 & 26, 9am–1:30pm: Mental Health First Aid
March 6–8: Parenting Coordination: a workshop designed to prepare attorneys and mental health professionals with a master’s degree or higher to become trained facilitators to be appointed by the Court to foster communication and agreement conducive to the best interests of the children ($500 or $550 with CEUs)

Webinars & Webcasts

December 13, 1–2pm: All the Latest on Rapid Re-Housing for Youth!
December 13, 2–3pm: Getting Your Board on Board with Low-Barrier, Housing Focused Shelter
December 13, 4pm: Connecting the Dots: A Virtual Expert Forum on Family Homelessness, hosted by Sesame Street in Communities!
January 17, 2–4pm: Housing Assistance, Employment, and Self-Sufficiency (Quarterly Update of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Policy Development and Research)
Webinar Recording: Toward a System Response to Ending Youth Homelessness: New Evidence to Help Communities Strengthen Coordinated Entry (see report below in Resources)
Wednesdays, February 27 and March 6, 1–2:30pm: Building the Resilience of the Whole Family: Your Journey Together (a Train-the-Coach Webinar Event, $179)
Recorded Event: Opioid Response: What Will It Take To Solve the Crisis?


Brand-new website exclusively devoted to providing content and information pertaining to Community Behavioral Health (CBH), with an online directory of CBH service providers and easier access to information about how to:

  • Obtain mental health and addiction outpatient treatment;
  • Enter into a residential rehabilitation program;
  • Check into an inpatient psychiatric or addictions treatment program; and
  • Secure family and community-based therapies.

Service providers can now access the CBH provider manual, notices and bulletins, credentialing information, performance standards, compliance details, training opportunities, technical assistance information and contracting opportunities all on the CBH website.

Workshop presentations from the Homes Within Reach 2018 conference
Strengthening Collaboration Between ECE and Housing and Homelessness Providers
Predicting Repeated and Persistent Family Homelessness: Do Families’ Characteristics and Experiences Matter
Homelessness in America: Focus on Individual Adults
Fostering Youth Transitions: Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice Decisions
“Youth Homelessness,” the latest issue of Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research features a research symposium on coordinated community responses to youth homelessness, with six studies that explore youth homelessness and discussion of the growing body of evidence on the significance of youth homelessness and policy efforts.
Toward a System Response to Ending Youth Homelessness: New Evidence to Help Communities Strengthen Coordinated Entry, Assessment, and Support for Youth
Homelessness in America: Focus on Unaccompanied Youth
Requiring Proof of Youth Homelessness Adds Costs to Health Systems
Safety Planning for Survivors Toolkit
Sustaining an End to Veteran Homelessness: Strategies for Institutionalizing Your Progress
Beyond Seats at the Table: Equity, Inclusion, and Collective Impact – Video and Transcript
TransForming Inclusion: An Organizational Guide
Economic Return on Investment of Providing Counsel in Philadelphia Eviction Cases for Low-Income Tenants