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We are proud to release our 2020-2023 strategic report titled "The Power of We". This new plan outlines the steps we will take over the next few years to advance our mission to end chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia, and was the result of conversations with over 300 staff, residents, and community participants. We are so grateful to our beloved community for providing the feedback and vision that generated this strategic plan.

Through those conversations, we identified 10 areas essential to the success of our work:

Community & Resident Voices

In this edition of our print newsletter we asked members of our Beloved Community to share their thoughts on the fight for racial justice. Below are a few of their reflections.


“My whiteness gives me a tendency to take up airtime. I’ve forced myself to ask for feedback; to check in even when it was awkward; and to always assume power/race dynamics are in play.” – Dee Dee 

Happy PRIDE month everyone! What a year these last six months have been. 2020 is pushing and pulling us in many directions. We’re facing a global pandemic while witnessing the largest social justice movement of the last half-century. Gross systemic inequities against Black Americans have been laid bare. To some, these historic and ongoing injustices have been a shock; to many others, they have been a lifelong reality.  

Juneteenth is the oldest commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.

This year, this annual celebration of freedom is set in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks and Black transman Tony McDade at the hands of police, the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Black transwomen Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells and Riah Wilson, and the national spotlight on racial injustice.

Black Lives Matter

We compiled some suggestions from our Project HOME staff for educational resources. We know this page has a lot, so if you’re overwhelmed we’d recommend you start here: Justice in June. You can use this for any month.

Black Lives Matter

Dear Project HOME community:  

Dear Beloved Community of Project HOME,

This is a moment of deep trauma resonating throughout the Project HOME community, Philadelphia, America, and the world. In this time of anger and mourning we wanted to speak out and share our perspective on recent tragic events. We reach out to and stand with all our community—staff and residents—knowing that we are predominantly people of color, and that we work for housing, healthcare, jobs, and education in communities of color.

We know that you care as much as we do about how the pandemic is impacting our collective work to end homelessness and alleviate poverty in Philadelphia. We also know that you want to help now more than ever before. Click here for ways you can help immediately while keeping yourself safe.

 

Friday, May 22, 10:09 AM

We are amending our list of clothing donation requests to include the following:

On Monday, May 18, 2020, Sister Mary Scullion, co-founder and executive director of Project HOME received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Pennsylvania.  

When we vote, we elect leaders who make decisions on issues that affect our lives.

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