In 2011, Project HOME began implementing a five-year strategic plan to end and prevent chronic street homelessness. With a transformational leadership gift from Leigh and John Middleton, Project HOME created a public/private initiative to ensure the success of the plan. The Middleton Partnership comprises visionary leaders who have joined with Leigh and John Middleton to ensure that together we realize this bold goal.
Since 2011, Project HOME and its community partners have created a new strategic and collaborative approach to provide housing, healthcare, education, and employment. Under Project HOME’s lead, the Partnership has identified the longest-term and most vulnerable people living on the streets and developed a comprehensive program of permanent housing (with services designed to break the cycle of homelessness) and also the necessary capacity to prevent chronic street homelessness in the future.
In addition, Project HOME will pilot evidence-based practices in drug- and alcohol-free housing coupled with employment, leading to greater economic independence for people struggling with addiction and chronic street homelessness. To prevent future homelessness, the Partnership will create new permanent supportive housing with strong education and employment opportunities targeted to youth aging out of foster care or who are experiencing homelessness.
The financial leverage and collaborative impact of the Middleton Partnership allows Project HOME to greatly expand its housing and services, including building six new residential programs with a total of 500 additional housing units – doubling overall housing capacity. Thus far, we have opened two residences (James Widener Ray Homes and JBJ Soul Homes), have another nearly complete (Francis House of Peace), and the Stephen Klein Wellness Center has been seeing patients for nearly a year. Not only does the Middleton Partnership help Project HOME carry out its mission of ending homelessness, it generates economic and fiscal impacts throughout the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.