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Pathways to Housing PA board member and homeless service provider Evan Figueroa-Vargas educates others in Philadelphia on homelessness, active addiction and recovery.

Those closest to the problem are closest to the solutions.

Service Coordinator at Pathways to Housing Pa, explains why Housing First, matters to her and those moving out of homelessness in Philadelphia.
Elana is not an idealist. “I like things that are practical. Things I can touch, and hold, and feel.” She grew up in North Jersey, studied social work at Temple, and in 2016 came to work at Pathways to Housing PA. While the work can be challenging, she works with an incredible team, and she believes in her work. Her realism might just be the thing that makes her so good at supporting people with a history of homelessness.
Philadelphia Mural Art's artist Diane Pieri's donate work for the 2017 Chair Affair.
Artist Diane Pieri has always looked for authenticity and beauty in her work. When she learned that the Philadelphia Furniture Bank lets families create beauty as they build a new life, she knew she had to get involved.
Pathways to Housing PA, CEO Christine Simiriglia cheers the team on at Generocity Philadelphia 5k run

The first thing you're likely to notice about Pathways' CEO, Chris Simiriglia, is her incredible energy. Don't let her beautiful flower garden deceive you; between starting Pathways to Housing PA in 2008 and the Philadelphia Furniture Bank in 2014, she doesn't have much free time.

If you chat a while, you'll realize she's a problem solver, "chronically responsible" some friends have called it; driven to make things better. That's part of what drew her to Housing First, and it's why the Furniture Bank exists.

Philadelphia housing agencies taking a tour of the Philadelphia Furniture Bank's showroom
“When you speak something into existence, it’s amazing how it can grow.” Those words began the Philadelphia Furniture Banks open house this October, where several potential new partners experienced first-hand the amazing work the bank is doing.

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