Posted September 15, 2015
This September, Pathways to Housing PA turns 7 years old, and we want to thank you!
Since our founding in 2008, you've given the chronically homeless folks of Philadelphia new homes to restart their lives and the necessary tools to thrive. During this time, your support has ended homelessness for more than 430 people in Philadelphia. Your support has also helped us to maintain an 89% housing retention rate after 5 years, which speaks to how much your donations truly mean to our participants as they change their lives.
Christine Simiriglia, President and CEO of Pathways says, “In the last 7 years, we have tripled in size – meeting the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters in Philadelphia. With your help, we can continue to meet the growing need. Thank you for everything.”
In 2008, the City of Philadelphia asked us to bring the housing first model to the city to help end chronic homelessness. We've seen extraordinary outcomes since that time. In 2008, we housed 125 people and today have housed more than 430. We place more chronically homeless people in housing than other providers (over 90% compared to others that range from 30-50%) and we've achieved an unprecedented 89% housing retention rate (5+ years later) with clients that are considered "not housing ready" by other programs.
Our model differs from every other approach to ending homelessness because we believe that housing and health care are basic human needs and we place people in permanent rental housing first, without requiring sobriety or specific treatment. We offer immediate access to permanent scattered site apartments and fully integrated, comprehensive behavioral and primary health care in our medical clinic. There are no conditions, other than abiding the law, agreeing to twice monthly visits, and contributing 30% of their income towards rent, whatever the amount.
Since 2008, Pathways:
-Created an integrated healthcare team to provide primary care to the city's most vulnerable population- literally the people most likely to die on Philadelphia's streets.
-Launched a supported employment program to employ formerly homeless participants while teaching vital skills for future, competitive employment.
-Opened the city's first and only Philadelphia Furniture Bank to provide no cost furniture to 1,000 individuals and families in need each year.
To celebrate our birthday, we're asking you to give a small gift to provide beds for families who, despite having a home, must sleep on the floor each night because they can't afford furniture.
As you may know, purchasing mattresses and bedroom sets is incredibly expensive, and many folks don’t have the luxury of being able to sleep in comfortable beds due to the high cost.
Beds are desperately needed for children and adults moving out of homelessness, victims of domestic violence, refugee families, and victims of personal and natural catastrophes.
Donations will buy quality, durable mattresses, box springs, and bed frames handmade in Philadelphia at wholesale cost through the Philadelphia Furniture Bank’s 100 BEDS for 100 people campaign.
Harry, who is the feature of our most recent blog success story, is one of many who have found a new beginning through Pathways. He has found himself a home after 30 years of being homeless, and has gained a new perspective about the direction of his life.
“I want to volunteer. I want to go to new places. I want to exercise,’ Harry said. “I don’t want to sit and wilt away. I want to take care of myself and better myself.”
Your birthday gifts will change the lives of people in need just like Harry and help them get back on their feet again. No one should have to sleep on the cold hard floor or on the city streets. However, for many, this is still a reality.
To give a birthday gift that gets people off the floor, into beds and makes homelessness a thing of the past, visit http://bit.ly/fund_beds. The campaign ends September 19th.