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Philly Counts Registration Open!

The 2018 Point in Time Count—the annual count conducted to estimate the number of unsheltered and sheltered homeless individuals during a specific moment in time—will be held on January 24, 2018. The PIT Count engages Philadelphia agencies working to eradicate homelessness and concerned citizens; teams lead by experienced Outreach workers and made up of volunteers will walk the City of Philadelphia to collect the total number and characteristics of all unsheltered people.

Homeless Memorial Day in Philadelphia- December 21, 2017

Philadelphia, PA—On Thursday, December 21 at 5:00 pm, hundreds will gather at Thomas Paine Plaza (1401 JFK Boulevard) to remember those homeless and formerly homeless Philadelphians who died in 2017. Homeless Memorial Day, an annual event commemorated in over 150 localities across the United States on or near the first day of winter, will also be a call to action to end homelessness in our city and our nation.

A Groundbreaking for Everyone: The Gloria Casarez Residence Groundbreaking Recap

Last Wednesday, Project HOME broke ground on the four-story, 36,547-square-foot Gloria Casarez Residence, which will bring 30 LGBTQ-friendly affordable homes to North Philadelphia for young adults (ages 18-23 at entry) who are homeless, have experienced or are at risk of homelessness, including those aging out of foster care. The first permanent supportive housing of this kind in Pennsylvania and among the first in the nation, Gloria Casarez Residence is the first of two planned residences to be built on this site.

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Project HOME's choir-  HOME for Harmony, a collaboration with Temple University, was invited to sing on Temple University's "Visions of HOME" concert. The choir, comprised of Project HOME employees and residents along with Temple University Concert Choir members,  was led by Paul Rardin, director of choral activities, and student, Victoria Nance, as they shared a few touching melodies that conveyed the essence of Project HOME’s mission. Check out the clip above to watch the full performance.

 

Free Birth Certificate Clinic hosted by The Homeless Advocacy Project

On Tuesday, December 5 between 3 pm and 4 pm The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) will host a free birth certificate clinic at 1515 Fairmount Avenue. The event is open to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. There will be advocates available to assist with birth certificate requests. See below for additional details.

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The following article is featured in the Fall 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.  If you want to subscribe, click here.

It takes just a few minutes talking with Eunid Mann to feel how passionate she is about her job at Project HOME.  She brings her full self and her life experience to her work every day.

An Hour of Hope

Breakfast was served. Anticipation hovered in the air and the buzz of conversation filled the grand ballroom at The Lowes Hotel in Philadelphia last Monday morning. Hundreds of people gathered for a benefit breakfast celebrating the progress on a revolutionary project which brought together a public and private partnership, for a cause that will make Philadelphia a pioneer in the fight to end chronic street homelessness.

The crowd included some of the city’s most influential political and business leaders.

The following article is featured in the Fall 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.  If you want to subscribe, click here.

 

It was not unusual for Joan Hutton, a long-time staff member of Project HOME, to stop and talk to persons on the streets of Center City who appeared to be homeless.  But Mike Saunders was special. 

In honor of Veterans Day, we share this powerful poem/memoir by Benjamin P., a member of Project HOME and a veteran. He recited this poem at a recent community gathering, including photos of his squadron mates he honors in this poem. We thank Ben and all veterans for their service – and we pray for the families and friends of veterans who gave their lives for our country.

s.y.o.t.o.s.
(see you on the other side)

a poem by Benjamin P.

For six winters, the Hub of Hope has served as a walk-in engagement center located in the concourses. Now, through a partnership between SEPTA, the City of Philadelphia, and Project HOME, the Hub of Hope will expand, moving into a permanent location in the concourse to offer year-round services.

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