Participant Voices

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Maryann is one of more than 450 participants in our Housing First program who was previously homeless, and is now stably housed, thanks to the support of generous donors. Here’s her story:
Alfonso smiling on his couch

On any given night, there are more than 6,200 homeless people in Philadelphia. Of those, more than 1,100 are sleeping outside. I was once one of those people. 

I struggled with substance use and lived on the streets for more than 10 years before I came into contact with Pathways to Housing PA. I could have gone home to live with my mom but I wasn’t living right. I didn’t want to bring my problems to her. I couldn’t have gotten into a program – I was using every day.
 
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