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On a beautiful afternoon in mid-July, eleven remarkable men and women were celebrated for graduating from PECO/Excelon Employment Program.  All of them were veterans of the U.S. military, including representatives from all four branches of the service – army, navy, marine corps, and air force.  Also, all of them had worked hard to overcome experiences of homelessness.

The Long Wait

The following article is featured in the Summer 2017 edition of News From HOME, our quarterly print newsletter.

This week we went to Washington, along with thousands from across the country, to tell Congress to protect Medicaid and increase funding for homeless services.
 

The Stephen Klein Wellness Center is now offering medication-assisted treatment for opioid dependence and we are currently enrolling patients for Suboxone and Vivitrol.

Criteria for enrollment

 

Benjamin Pinto is a poet and Project HOME resident.

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Philadelphians in need of affordable housing tell their stories

This past June 1, we began receiving applications for our newest residence, 2415 N. Broad Street, scheduled to open up later this summer.  Over 1,000 persons stood in line to apply -- for a total of 88 units.  (Read more about that day here.)  We took the opportunity to do interviews with many of the persons in line to ask about their situation and their need for housing.  These are important stories that all Americans need to hear -- they tell the human story of the affordable housing crisis in this country.

Charity Navigator, the nation's largest evaluator of nonprofits, recently highlighted the submissions of several 4-Star rated organizations for a $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, including ours. (Our submission video can be viewed above.) While we did not make MacArthur's final cut, our submission was considered among the Top 200 of several thousand entries.

 

Help us celebrate the kick-off of summer on Saturday, June 24 from 10 AM to 2 PM. We will be introducing a wellness walking path from the Stephen Klein Wellness Center up to the St. Elizabeth Community Center and finally to the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs.

Tell Your US Senators to Protect Medicaid!

Congress is considering unfair changes that will leave hundreds of millions without healthcare. Medicaid is at most risk in these negotiations. It is critical, now more than ever, that our voices are heard, and that our legislators know we pay attention and we care about our healthcare.

 

Affordable housing matters to all of us. Every person has a story of coming home, staying home, or losing home. And losing home is one of the hardest stories of all. In today's political climate, affordable housing has been treated as a luxury rather than a human right and important part of dignity and self-worth. The need for affordable housing in Philadelphia is tremendous and growing every day. Share your story of why affordable housing matters to you by clicking the Share My Story button on this page.

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