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Providing Homes,  Restoring Health,  Reclaiming Lives

Our Impact

450
formerly homeless people with multiple disabilities are living independently in every neighborhood in Philadelphia
2,996
hours provided of paid transitional employment with supports for marginalized people
92%
of participants see a primary care physician at least once per year and are addressing medical issues that have been neglected for years
85%
of those who were previously chronically homeless retain their housing for more than five years
1,325
primary care appointments and 198 behavioral health visits were held in our clinic this year
2,500
households furnished by the Philadelphia Furniture Bank for individuals and families moving out of homelessness

We start by housing people directly from the streets, without precondition. Then we address their underlying issues around mental health, addiction, medical care, income, and education to help integrate and welcome them back into our community. We also provide furniture to folks moving out of homelessness from all over the city through our furniture bank.

News & Updates

 

Dear Friends:

Given the current state of emergency in the city, we are not opening our offices today, June 1, 2020. The Philadelphia Furniture Bank will also remain closed as are all City offices and non-emergent services. We will, however, be working diligently because there is much to do.

Participant standing in the doorway of his home


Food insecurity is an ongoing issue for our participants, many of whom are zero income. Before the global pandemic set in, Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program ended, which was a resource that many of our participants utilized. We work with people who have one or more disabilities who have also experienced chronic homelessness, and many of them depended on this program to make ends meet. The extra $200 each month helped ensure they didn’t have to choose between buying food and buying other necessities like soap and toothpaste.

photo of Dianna

Last year, we selected one of our participants alongside several other talented artists to participate in the Chair Affair, and this year we are thrilled to continue that tradition. We are excited to announce that our participant artist for 2020 is Dianna Burgess!

Chair affair artists

Every week until the big night, we will be featuring a small group of artists creating pieces for the 2020 Chair Affair. This year we are working with 20 local artists selected by our Guest Curator who all work with different mediums, have diverse styles, and bring a new perspectives through their artwork. This week we are featuring Theo Ciccarelli Cornetta, Saga Moor, and the Students of Girls First.

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