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As Pennsylvania voters cast their ballots in the 2020 election, Project HOME urging voters who experience problems voting to call the national nonpartisan Election Protection hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) to report issues and get help from trained volunteers.

In addition to promoting the national hotline, there will be many nonpartisan volunteers throughout the state monitoring polling places, safely interacting with voters while keeping to social distancing and public health rules, and monitoring social media to assist PA voters.

 

When we vote, we elect leaders who make decisions on issues that affect our lives. In Pennsylvania, you must be registered by Monday, October 19 to have your voice heard in the November 3 election for presidential candidates.  (DOWNLOAD a poster you can hang in your shelter or affordable housing program.)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 is Election Day! and the 8 pm deadline for your mail-in ballot to be hand delivered in all counties. Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm.

On Wednesday, September 16, we held our first-ever virtual event to support our mission to end and prevent chronic street homelessness.

The event featured speakers included our friend Jon Bon Jovi, as well as Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi and author Elizabeth Gilbert.

Our thanks to NBC10's Lucy Bustamante, the event's terrific emcee.

Like everyone, the Project HOME community has been greatly impacted by COVID-19. Residents with underlying medical conditions have been sheltering in place since March, dedicated frontline staff have been working long, exhausting hours throughout the crisis, and our entire team continues to work hard to ensure our entire community’s health, wellness, and safety. Now is a chance to stand with them and show your solidarity by writing a “Note of Hope” to someone in the Project HOME community. 

Thanks to a 3-year grant through the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Project HOME’s Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC) partnered with the Health Federation of Philadelphia to address cardiovascular health and prevent its’ devastating effects for members of our community. This brought the incredible Chef Char Nolan, a certified plant-based chef and certified food literacy instructor to the SKWC. Chef Char offered hands-on, plant-based cooking classes for an entire year.

We are providing this nonpartisan election toolkit is designed to help Vote For Homes members get the word about the 2020 election through social media, flyers, and in person (when it can be done safely).

If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Frome at rachelfrome@projecthome.org or Jennine Miller at jenninemiller@projecthome.org.

Voter Registration is Essential. Can You Help?

Mobilizing the vote in 2020 is a critical part of our work to make sure that our community is heard at the polls and beyond. In addition to the online voter registration form below, we have assembled the tools below to support that effort. 

Help the Vote for Homes Coalition register voters as volunteer or as part of your job with a Philadelphia service organization. We have lots of creative and safe virtual options to reach community members. Training will be provided.

 

Our newest social enterprise venture, Project HOME Books, is up and running again after COVID-19. We have already sold thousands of books, providing work for some of our residents.

But we need more books! So we made this helpful web comic to show you how easy it is to collect books in your neighborhood, church, or office and donate them to support jobs for people who have experienced homelessness. And it’s also fun, so take a look and email Nic with any questions.

Quote from Yisha

As a witness to our community around me, both locally and afar, I am moved by the recent happenings that have stemmed from all the restlessness, frustration and anger people have been feeling in regard to the accumulation of living within this pandemic, the killings of Black men and women by police, and the plight of our Black and Brown trans people and the LGBTQI community.

Sister Mary's Roots and Branches

A formative part of my education as a young person, both at St. Joseph’s University and in my early years as a member of the Sisters of Mercy, was understanding the vital connection between compassion for persons who are hurting and the need to respond to social and systemic injustice that are at the root of much of that suffering. 

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