January 24, 2019
Tim Jimenez, KYW News radio
A group of about 100 volunteers were out in the rain Thursday morning to try to get an idea of how many young people are homeless in Philadelphia. It’s called the Youth Count. It coincides with the annual homeless count the city does, but it focuses on people between ages 13 and 24.
“We really want to get a snapshot in time of what youth homelessness looks like in Philadelphia,” said Caitlin Dorn, who works with Valley Youth House, a social services nonprofit that helps organize the count. Read the article.
January 22, 2019
A bill signed into law Tuesday will offer some protections to month-to-month renters in Philadelphia from discriminatory or vindictive evictions. Read the article.
January 15, 2019
by Stacey Burling, Inquirer
If current trends continue, the number of aging homeless people will more than double in three major metropolitan areas by 2030 . . . Read the article.
January 18, 2019
January 15, 2019
On Tuesday morning, at the tail end of a groundbreaking ceremony for a new housing complex for people coming out of addiction and homelessness, Sister Mary Scullion leaned into the microphone.
“One other little note I just want to say is that this building’s ready to go. We’re ready to get under construction,” said the president and executive director of Project HOME, the city’s preeminent housing, poverty, and homelessness services organization.
“And we need one piece of paper signed” by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. “And because of the government shutdown, we’re waiting.”
It was a last-minute delay for a project located in the physical heart of Philadelphia’s opioid crisis that has already been five years in the planning. Project HOME has been working to build apartments in a former elementary school at 1920 E. Orleans St. in Kensington, just blocks from the neighborhood’s last major homeless encampment. Read the article.
December 18, 2018
December 18, 2018
Associated Press/Philadelphia Tribune
With panhandling and homelessness ramping up on the sidewalks of Center City, a homeless advocacy group and a business improvement district have teamed up in an outreach effort and are asking the public to get involved.
December 18, 2018
December 18, 2018
Alfred Lubano/The Inquirer
“As we know, it’s really cold outside,” said Sister Mary Scullion, executive director of Project HOME, a nonprofit that aids the homeless. “And today, new people will end up on our streets. How can we best communicate to them where they can get shelter and a meal?”
The answers, she said, were the 70 bus-shelter (also called transit-shelter) ads — 50 digital, 20 print — that are being placed throughout Center City this week. In the ads, five people who were once homeless impart the message to those who currently are living rough: “Your story doesn’t end here. I know because mine didn’t.”
By Anna Merriman
“Shortened wait times is one of many goals of centralized intake systems (we’ll call them “c-intake systems” here), which hinge on collaboration between providers.
In Philadelphia, the homeless services, home visiting and legal sectors are all currently developing ways to bring this method to their clients.”
The Philadelphia Resilience Project: Our response to the opioid crisis
“On October 3, 2018, Mayor Jim Kenney signed Executive Order 3-18 declaring a citywide emergency and empowering City agencies to come together to immediately solve the problem.”
“What the Resilience Project does
It focuses on seven critical mission areas:
- Clearing major encampments.
- Reducing criminal activity.
- Reducing the number of unsheltered individuals.
- Reducing trash and litter.
- Reducing overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases.
- Increasing treatment options.
- Mobilizing community response.”
September 19, 2018
Philadelphia’s Kensington ‘under siege’ as opioid-linked homelessness soars
By Aubrey Whelan, The Inquirer
When Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services finalized the latest tally of Kensington’s homeless population this month, what it found was stunning: the number of people living on the drug-plagued community’s streets has more than doubled. The latest number — 703, up from 271 a year ago — caused “borderline hysteria” in the office, said its director, Liz Hersh. Read the article.
July 21, 2018
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB Pittsburgh) has announced a new funding opportunity for Homeless Service Providers throughout Pennsylvania in a collaborative effort with the Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency (PHFA). The $4.5 Million initiative, labeled “Home4Good”, will provide much needed funding to projects, programs, or activities that focus on the following goals:
1. Prevent homelessness: Assist households at risk for homelessness by maintaining their current housing or divert them to alternative, safe options
2. Solicit innovative solutions to end homelessness
3. Address critical needs throughout the Commonwealth: Projects, programs, or activities determined to be critically needed by the Philadelphia CoC
The highlight of this grant is that the eligible uses for the funding are very flexible. This will allow for organizations to fill gaps in assistance needs that other funding sources can’t cover. Please find all the eligible activities one can apply for in the RFP. The grant award is based on population. It is anticipated the Philadelphia CoC will be awarded between $700,00 to $1.5 Million.
PROPOSAL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
To be considered for funding in Philadelphia, a homeless service organization must submit a proposal to the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, the Collaborative Applicant for the Philadelphia Continuum of Care (CoC), no later than 3pm, Philadelphia, PA, local time on Friday, August 24, 2018. Submissions will be accepted via email to Leticia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants are to use the Home4Good RFP format for their submission. The Philadelphia CoC will review the project proposal submissions and rank them accordingly based on strength of the proposal and the extent to which they address needs in the community. The CoC will submit a packet of ranked proposals to PHFA and FHLB Pittsburgh for review no later than September 28th.
Home4Good Awards will be announced on December 17th.
Based on the CoC’s most recent needs assessment and understanding of system-wide needs, the following have been identified as priorities to fill housing and service gaps in Philadelphia’s homeless assistance system:
1. Assistance at various parts of the homeless assistance system to divert people from emergency shelter, the street, or places not meant for human habitation, including:
- people facing eviction
- people in emergency and temporary housing program who need financial support to pay rental and utility arrears or security deposits to transition to permanent housing
- people re-entering the community from the criminal justice system
- people with complex medical problems
- Youth exiting child welfare care without stable housing
2. Programs to serve the unique circumstances and needs of youth experiencing homelessness
3. Coordinated Entry infrastructure to expand and support access to the Coordinate Entry system (youth access, mobile assessors, etc)
4. Rehabilitation / Renovation of affordable housing units
However, this should not limit the ideas you submit. Be creative!
For more information please visit: https://www.fhlb-pgh.com/Home4Good
To access the Home4Good RFP, frequently asked questions and powerpoint presentation, please visit https://www.phfa.org/mhp/serviceprovider/