The Office of Homeless Services (OHS) has earned a national reputation as a model public housing agency, creating innovative programs that provide emergency housing and aid to people who are experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. Its mission is to provide the leadership, coordination, planning and mobilization of resources to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in the City of Philadelphia. Learn more about the leadership team.

In FY 2020, homeless services supported:

  • 5,131 permanent supportive housing beds
  • 19,988 unique persons served
  • 2,470,470 total meals served in shelter
  • 507 households moved into rapid re-housing
  • 1,412 households received rental assistance

Our services are offered through a network of provider agencies. Part of the City’s Health and Human Services Cabinet, we also collaborate with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, the Department of Public Health, and other stakeholders. It is through our many partnerships that we can serve Philadelphians who need our help and support.