Newsletter

Every other week, I’ll tell you about the phenomenal work the City’s Office of Homeless Services and our partners are doing to move people from homeless to home.


February 6, 2019

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#ResilientPHL Update
In just four months, the #ResilientPHL project has achieved all of its short term goals, like closing major encampments in Kensington, creating Safe Corridors programs near public schools, establishing a Community Advisory Board, expanding the Police Assisted Diversion program, and much more. The project goal was to improve the quality of life for everyone living in Kensington and Fairhill.

A total of 295 people participated in the pilot program. Of those:

  • 197 people connected to housing assistance.
  • 180 people connected to mental health services.
  • 191 people connected to drug and alcohol services.
  • 184 people received medical services.
  • 149 people got ID cards, which nearly half of those surveyed identified as a barrier to leaving the camps.

The crisis is not over, but the City is proud of the work done to improve safety for the community.
Read more about the City’s outstanding team work here. Check out progress reports from the beginning of the project here.

News
The last of the four large encampments is now closed thanks to the hard work of advocates, outreach, multiple City departments, and neighborhood residents.
Want to know about the encampment closure process and how Philly does it effectively and with compassion and help? Check out this blog online.
Good Day Philadelphia is now the highest rated morning show in Philly, and the Office of Homeless Services was recently on talking about the City’s encampment pilot program.
Director Liz Hersh talked about how we can solve problems effectively and with compassion — together. Watch the video online!

What the City has learned from the Homeless Death Review Panel
After years of success with the Homeless Death Review Team, the City is now looking at applying the same model to overdoses.
Read this story and interview with OHS Deputy Director Roberta Cancellier to see how work we’re all doing is making a huge difference.

Cold Air – Warm Hearts
The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection lived up to its moniker when reporters and residents repeatedly asked how they could help Philly’s most vulnerable during the recent Code Blue activation.
The PhiladelphiaInquirer promoted outreach and OHS partners in an article, giving people tangible actions they could take while still supporting OHS partners and staff effectively.
Read the story online.

Partner Special Events
People’s Emergency Center – BELL’s Meet & Greet – 2/14
Drueding Center – Stairway to Our Future – 3/16
Senior Law Center – 41st Annual Gala – 3/16
Women Against Abuse – Dish It Up – 3/21
Congreso – Congreso Gala Latina – 3/23
Dignity Housing – “Because Play Matters” Gala – 3/30
ACHIEVEAbility – Food for Thought – 3/30
Bethesda Project – Taxing Metric Century BIke Ride – 4/27
Bethesda Project – 22nd Annual Party – 6/21
Action Wellness – Glamsino Royale – 6/24

Ready Resources

Where to Turn | Meal Schedule | Substance Abuse Treatment


January 23, 2019

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Home4Good

Philadelphia’s homeless service organizations continue to get recognition for their innovative approaches, this time winning a $1.5 million grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (FHLB) and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PFHA). The grant funds 10 local programs ranging from eviction prevention to helping veterans, youth, families and people with disabilities who are facing or experiencing homelessness. The grant also includes funds going directly to Homeless Services to support a bilingual mobile assessor who can travel to people facing homelessness instead of having them travel to traditional intake sites. Read more here.

TheTeddy Bear Parade

What does a teddy bear mean to you?
Security. Comfort. Joy. Childhood is stereotypically warm and fuzzy, but a child experiencing homelessness may not get this gift. Thanks to Philly’s Building Owners and Managers Association (some members pictured above with staff from Woodstock Family Center and Homeless Services), 150 teddy bears were recently delivered to children at two emergency housing facilities. Special thanks to Don Haas, General Manager of Brandywine Realty Trust, for coordinating the delivery of these new friends.

 

(Homeless) Fathers Day

Homeless Services staff members Jesse Jordan (pictured left) and Lonnie Grant (pictured right) are bringing fathers to the forefront! Through On The Table Philly they began an important conversation to raise awareness of fatherhood in the homeless services system. Their goal is to explore how our system can welcome and support fathers, and encourage them to take meaningful roles in their children’s lives. They’ll present “No Longer Invisible: Incorporating Fathers in the Homeless System” at the 2019 Los Angeles Families and Fathers National Conference. And to top it off – their work has been recognized by The Philadelphia Foundation with a mini-grant to help turn their ideas into an initiative!

Partner Special Events

Senior Law Center – 41st Annual Gala – 3/16/19
Women Against Abuse – Dish It Up – 3/21/19
Congreso – Congreso Gala Latina – 3/23/19
Dignity Housing – “Because Play Matters” Gala – 3/30/19
ACHIEVEAbility – Food for Thought – 3/30/19
Action Wellness – Glamsino Royale – 6/24

Ready Resources

Where to Turn | Meal Schedule | Substance Abuse Treatment


January 8, 2019

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Dishing Up Dignity

Shout out to Abdellah Adbul Qawi, Executive Director (above right) and the staff and volunteers of Muslims Serve.
Muslims Serve is the Partner Meal Service Coordinator at the Hub of Hope. They manage the front of house during meal service.
They’ve served free meals in Philadelphia since 2012. Muslims Serve is committed to serving vulnerable people with dignity and respect.
The Hub is always looking for more volunteers for meal service! Sign up here if you’re interested.

Tireless Heroes

Shout out to OHS staff members Jomo Brown, Marsha St. John, Yulanda Fitzgerald, Ana Guzman (pictured above) and Tojuana Conway (not pictured).
These amazing folks provided much needed emergency housing services to residents displaced by the fire at 63rd & Overbrook in December.
You are rock stars!!

Partner Shout Out – Pathways to Housing PA

Here’s another success story from Pathways to Housing PA!
Read about Renaldo Sanchez, a Cuban refugee who had been homeless for decades before moving from SEPTA Suburban Station into an apartment.
Naomi Sonne, Pathways Manager of Homeless Services, tells his story. Again, housed people are not homeless!

Philadelphia Resilience Project

The City remains comitted to saving lives and helping people impacted in the opioid crisis.
#PHLResilience has been extended for another six months. The need is great and the results are heartening.
Read more about the work we’ve done here. 

Partner Special Events
Senior Law Center – 41st Annual Gala – 3/16/19
Women Against Abuse – Dish It Up – 3/21/19
Congreso – Congreso Gala Latina – 3/23/19
Dignity Housing – “Because Play Matters” Gala – 3/30/19
ACHIEVEAbility – Food for Thought – 3/30/19

Ready Resources

Where to Turn | Meal Schedule | Substance Abuse Treatment


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