City of Philadelphia Homeless Death Review Report 2011-2015
From the Executive Summary:
“The Philadelphia Homeless Death Review Team (HDRT) was started in 2009 with the goal of reducing the number of preventable homeless deaths and improving the health and well-being of people experiencing homelessness. In order to accomplish this goal, the team identifies shortfalls and gaps in our systems and community resources through the review of each homeless death, and it makes data-driven recommendations in order to address these identified shortfalls.
The HDRT identified 269 persons who died between 2011 and 2015 and were homeless in Philadelphia at the time of death. Of the 269 persons reviewed, 85 percent were male, 14 percent were veterans, and 19 percent were considered chronically homeless. 43 percent of the decedents were non-Hispanic White, 43 percent were non-Hispanic Black, and 12 percent were Hispanic.”
2016-2017 Panhandling Survey
The Office of the Deputy Managing Director for Health and Human Services interviewed 129 persons found panhandling from November 2016 to January 2017. Interviewees responded to questions on panhandling behavior, income and benefits, housing, and health. The key findings are:
- People who panhandle in Center City Philadelphia also live in Philadelphia.
- They treat their activity like a full-time job.
- They earn a meager wage, which they use for essentials.
- People who panhandle would like to be employed, but face significant barriers to employment.
- The panhandling population experiences housing instability.
- The opioid epidemic has had an apparent effect on panhandling in Philadelphia.
- Panhandling is an individual activity and is routinely censured by authorities.
The Building Early Links for Learning (BELL) project has two primary goals:
(1) Increase the enrollment of children ages birth – 5 years experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia into high quality early childhood education programs (ECE). These programs include any child care, day care, preschool, Head Start, or ECE program with a Keystone STARS rating of 3-4 (the highest ratings for quality early learning programs in the city).
(2) Increase the developmental friendliness Emergency Housing and Transitional Housing (EH/TH) programs in Philadelphia.
To accomplish these goals, the BELL project engaged in several activities over the past year:
i. Survey of ECE-use among children in EH/TH programs throughout Philadelphia.
ii. Environmental survey of all EH/TH programs using the Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters.
iii. Focus groups with parents and providers on barriers/facilitators to ECE enrollment.
iv. A review of promising practices for ECE enrollment.
This report describes key activities and findings from these four categories in more detail. The BELL project is a two-year initiative. The year-one findings help develop and support the year-two efforts.
Three Reports on Homelessness
DBHIDS, Project HOME and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness release reports on homelessness. Click on the image to read/download the report.