Your support has provided homes, restored health and reclaimed lives for more than 400 people that no one else has been able to serve.
Why Housing First Works
For the Chronically Homeless
For the Community
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.
News & Updates
The following is a letter to you, from Dave, a veteran who recently found himself homeless.
I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you and everyone who works and volunteers at the Philadelphia Furniture Bank on J Street.
I love fall. Fall means crisp colored leaves, hot chocolate, chai lattes, and wearing my favorite sweater again. I sleep in extra in the morning, and feel a deep envy of bears, who’ve budgeted time for a long winter sleep. The deeper towards winter it gets, the more comfortable I want to be.
Have you ever been in Philadelphia, encountered someone struggling with homelessness, and didn’t know what to do or say? I’ve been there. My trips to Philly over the years, whether it was with friends or family have introduced me to numerous people struggling with homelessness. I often have found myself asking “What’s the right thing to do?”, or “should I give money?”. It can feel awkward if you’re unsure of what to do.
Transitioning into housing is not an easy thing. It’s strange that it should be that way-it seems so simple: take a person without a home, and give them a home. Problem solved. But the reality is that human beings are creatures of process, and when our participants get into housing for the first time, things can be pretty tough for them.