CoC Resources


February 12, 2019

Philadelphia’s Roadmap to Homes (RtH)

Please join us! We are excited to have launched implementation of Roadmap to Homes and look forward to working with you as we move forward. All Roadmap to Homes community members are invited to come out to meet and greet the members of our inaugural Roadmap to Homes Board on February 21st! Not yet a Roadmap to Homes member? Any individual interested in supporting Roadmap to Homes efforts can sign up at any time. Contact Gina Ruggieri, Director of Planning, with any questions at or 215-686-7186.
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.


On January 31, as part of the Philadelphia Resilience Project, the City resolved the last of the four major encampments in Kensington. Learn more about how Philly offers help and closes encampments with compassion.
#RealCollege: Voices for Change is a national campaign with the goal of providing students who often feel invisible with a platform to have their voices elevated and heard. Elizabeth Warren and other senators wants to ensure young people with lived experience of homelessness and housing instability are represented. Students can submit an audio, video, or written story that describes experiences such as:

  • Balancing school, work, family, and other aspects of life while trying to obtain a degree
  • Facing hunger or food insecurity while trying to succeed in school
  • Experiencing housing insecurity or being homeless while being a student

What it’s like to be first-generation, low-income, a former foster youth, undocumented, part of the re-entry population, a comebacker, or other student identities

The PA Department of Human Services publishes monthly agency data online, in accordance with a 2016 executive order by Governor Tom Wolf. This includes a county-by-county data map, monthly data reports, interactive dashboards of mental health and substance abuse services data and intellectual disabilities data, and data reports by topic of interest:

  • Child welfare
  • County block grant funding
  • Early childhood education
  • Enrollment
  • Developmental programs
  • Long-term care
  • Medical assistance

An interactive dashboard on child welfare services is planned for a future release.


Philadelphia Foundation will accept applications for YOUTHadelphia grants of $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000 through 5pm on March 1. Priority consideration will be given to demonstrably youth-led projects with embedded social and political content, primarily serving low-income youth of color and addressing policing, gun violence, and/or youth leadership.

Timeline for Philadelphia Foundation’s ongoing discretionary grantmaking program in 2019:

  • Applications general operating support for Direct Service grants accepted between February 22 and March 29. Competitive applicants are well-run, well-led organizations serving high poverty and vulnerable populations, with a clear history of effective connections to multiple resources, that can demonstrate strength in management practices, fiscal performance, and board and staff leadership.
  • Applications for Impact, Advocacy and Leadership grants accepted from May 17 until July 26. All funding will be available on a competitive basis and will support services for low-income individuals and other vulnerable populations.

Philadelphia Foundation is pleased to continue covering the cost of Catchafire subscriptions for eligible organizations through the start of 2020, providing access to free consulting support for operations, strategy, market and communications, web development and more.

Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) is calling for presenters for the 2019 Equitable Development Conference on June 26 at Jefferson’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Building. PACDC is especially interested in presentations that enliven the conversation around creating equitable public spaces in all neighborhoods, but welcomes presenters from other diverse sectors that touch on community development! All proposals must be submitted by 5pm on February 22.
Workshop proposal submissions for the June 11 HIV Prevention and Education Summit are being accepted until March 1. The Summit is a conference that welcomes all people interested in learning more about the wide-range of issues that impact people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) and the AIDS epidemic at large. Conference workshops provide information on the latest treatment, research, prevention, and outreach strategies, highlight the social determinants of health that place people at risk, and aim to amplify the voices of PLWHA.
Applications for the 2019 True Colors Fellowship program are open for 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 1.
The Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. (HAFI) supports programs in Philadelphia that remove barriers facing families and individuals who are experiencing homelessness in their quest for permanent housing. HAFI requests proposals by March 1 for programs in Philadelphia that assist families with children and/or unaccompanied youth/young adults (16-25) who are experiencing homelessness to identify and access permanent housing with a high likelihood of sustaining that housing over time. All awarded grants will be for two years, beginning July 1, 2019. Due to budget constraints, HAFI will not support a new grantmaking cycle until these grants are completed.

Events & Trainings

February 12, 5–7pm: Power of Positive Parenting
February 13 & 14, 8:30am–1pm: Mental Health First Aid
February 13, 11:30am–2:30pm: Expert Office Hours: Fundraising
February 13, 6–7:30pm: My Brother’s Keeper Community Night
CSH is offering an Introduction to Supportive Housing Budgeting & Financing course series of 3 live webinars, intended for developer staff and/or project managers that are new to supportive housing or for staff at supportive housing agencies looking to do more supportive housing.

$125 for full course or individual classes for $50 each. Group rates are available. Contact for more information. This course is included in CSH Subscription.

February 16 & 23, 9am–1:30pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
Wednesdays, February 18–March 18, 2–3:30pm: Understanding Critical Time Intervention ($300, 7.5 CEUs)
February 19, 8:30am–5pm: Youth Mental Health First Aid
February 19, 10am–12pm: How To Get Your High School Diploma As An Adult
February 19, 10am–12pm: Introduction to Prospect Research
February 19, 3:30–5pm: The Power of Conversation: A testimony of how speaking to others when getting through a life changing experience can be therapeutic and empowering
February 19 (and every 3rd Tuesday), 7–9pm: Educational Support Group for Adult Daughters, Sons and Siblings of People with Mental Health Disorders: Heredity and the Fear of Being Like Your Parent/Sibling in Ways You Don’t Want to Be
February 20, 5:30–7:30pm: Reducing Opioid Stigma: Community Conversation
February 21, 9–11am: PECO – PGW Multifamily Energy Efficiency Opportunities
February 21, 10am–12pm: Morning Family &Friends Support Group for Any Mental Health Condition: Choosing Effective Consequences When Assertiveness Isn’t Enough
February 21, 2:15–3:45pm: Understanding the Link between Traumatic Brain Injuries and Incarceration
February 21, 5:30–7pm: Roadmap to Homes Board Member and Community Meet & Greet
February 22, 10am–3pm: Family Member Story Telling Training
February 25, 6pm: Nonprofit Nerds Meetup: Beyond Buzzwords: Equitable & Inclusive Hiring Practices for Nonprofits
February 26, 10am–12pm: Get Your Pitch On! Nonprofit Edition
February 26 (and every 4th Tuesday), 7–9pm: Support Group for Families/Friends of persons with Personality Disorders: What gets in the way of self-care?
February 28, 10am–2pm: UrStorytellers Storytelling Through Health and Wellness
March 5, 9am–3:30pm: The Power of Knowing: Psycho-Education as a Trauma Intervention ($30)
March 8, 9am–3:30pm: Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) — For Health & Human Services (HHS) Professionals (a training designed for OHS-connected direct service providers)
Sundays, March 10–April 28, 10am–12pm: Trauma-Informed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Early bird registration: $210 by March 1)
March 13–15, 9am–5pm: Basic Mediation Training ($450-$550, CEUs available)
March 25, 5–8pm & March 26, 8am–1:30pm: Diversity & Inclusion Conference (pre-conference sessions March 25, 1–4pm)
March 27-29: NLIHC’s 2019 Housing Policy Forum: Seizing the Moment for Bold Solutions (Washington, DC; Early Bird registration: $100-$450 by February 25)
April 30–May 2: CSH Summit 2019: Connecting the Dots (Indianapolis; Early-Bird registration: $575 by March 1)

Webinars & Calls

February 12, 2–3pm: Webinar Introduction to LocalHousingSolutions.Org
February 13, 12–1pm: Residential Utility Rebates for Low-Income Housing Project
February 13, 1–2pm: Alone Without A Home: A State-by-State Review of Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Youth
February 19, 12–1pm: Kicking Butt and Taking Names: Shaking up the board (or Secrets to Effective Boards) ($20-$25 or $48-$60 for 3 webinar bundle)
February 20, 12–1pm: Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania February Legislative Briefing
February 20, 1:30–2:30pm: Addiction Services 101 – The basics: Recovery Support Services, Medication Assisted Treatment, and Addiction Treatment
February 22, 12pm: The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color
February 27, 12–1pm: HIV Prevention: Harm Reduction for Injection Drug Users (IDUs)
March 1, 12–1pm: Crisis Communication Planning: Preserving your Nonprofit’s Reputation ($20-$25 or $48-$60 for 3 webinar bundle)
March 5, 12–1pm: Donor Retention Strategies: Keeping the Love ($20-$25 or $48-$60 for 3 webinar bundle)
March 6, 2–3:30pm: Building the Evidence: Innovative Partnerships to Move Community-Defined Evidence to Best Practice
March 7, 2–3:30pm: Engaging Boards and Trustees in Strategic Learning ($50)
Recorded Webcast: America’s Opioid Crisis: Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Cities
Webinar Recording: All the Latest on Rapid Re-Housing for Youth
Latest Opportunity Starts at Home Podcast: America’s Health Insurance Plans Discusses Intersections between Health and Housing


BELL Summary Report on Year 1: January 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018
I Want to Go to College: Now What? A guide for youths who are or were homeless, or are at-risk of experiencing homelessness
Fostering Successful Youth Transitions in Pennsylvania: Laying the Groundwork for Positive Change
Understanding Rapid Re-housing: Systematic Review of Rapid Re-housing Outcomes Literature
Understanding Rapid Re-housing: Supplemental Analysis of Data from the Family Options Study
Youth Rapid Re-Housing Is on the Rise. Join Us to Learn More in 2019.
Coming Up Short for Individuals: Why Bed Counts Make a Difference
Racial Disparities in the Homeless System: Moving Forward
Progress Report: What Does the AHAR Tell Us About Family Homelessness?
How Housing Instability Impacts Individual and Family Well-Being
The Emerging Crisis of Aged Homelessness: Could Housing Solutions Be Funded by Avoidance of Excess Shelter, Hospital, and Nursing Home Costs?
Rental Housing Discrimination on the Basis of Mental Disabilities: Results of Pilot Testing
What Modern-Day Housing Discrimination Looks Like: A Conversation with the National Fair Housing Alliance
For Reentry Success and Beyond, Rental Housing Access Matters
Evidence Matters: Transforming Knowledge into Housing and Community Development Policy – Summer/Fall 2018

Findings from In-Depth Interviews with Participants in Subsidized Employment Programs
The Science of Addiction: The Stories of Teens – explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens
Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America
Outcomes of a Citywide Campaign to Reduce Medicaid Hospital Readmissions With Connection to Primary Care Within 7 Days of Hospital Discharge
Housing, Hope, & Health: Improving Lives through Housing First Practice – self-paced course with 4 modules ($50/module or $150/course)
New Rapid ReHousing infographic from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, based on data from the Urban Institute
How Does Rapid Re-housing Help Veterans Get off the Street and into a Home? An Expert Dialogue
What Fueled the Increase in Unsheltered Homelessness in 2018?
Bringing it All Together – Integrating Services to Address Homelessness
Rental Assistance Can Be a Tool for Improving Diabetes Self-Management
Within Reach: Ambitious Federal Solutions to Meet the Housing Needs of the Most Vulnerable People, national policy agenda of the Opportunity Starts at Home multi-sector affordable housing campaign
Reducing Barriers to Reintegration: Fair chance and expungement reforms in 2018, including discussion of Pennsylvania’s technically ambitious Clean Slate Act of 2018
Latest Updates on the Shutdown’s Impact on Low-Income Residents and the Programs that Serve Them