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Introducing: Philly COUNTS 2014!

Every January, Project HOME coordinates Philadelphia’s Point-in-Time Count of the unsheltered homeless population – now called PhillyCOUNTS.  The count provides valuable information on the location and needs of street homeless Philadelphians, and is used to measure the City’s progress toward ending veteran homelessness. 


Last week, on Thanksgiving, our trustee and close friend Lynne Honickman, who is also a trustee of CeasefirePA, posted the following letter about sensible legislation to help curb gun violence. While Thanksgiving is passed, the message of this letter is still of vital importance, and we thank her for her leadership on this issue. Please take action! 


Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq., is a member of the Board of Trustees of Project HOME. She is an award-winning attorney in Philadelphia, a motivational speaker, and a strong advocate for justice. This article appeared recently in The Huffington Post


Basketball great Wilt Chamberlain has a legacy in Philadelphia—and not just due to his dominance on the court. Thanks to his family, his philanthropic spirit lives on through the generosity of the memorial fund that bears his name. The Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Fund has long been a partner in Project HOME’s work, ensuring, as he wanted, that the city in which he grew up has a chance to thrive.


As we approach our 25th anniversary in 2014, we areastonished by the accomplishments of so many in the Project HOME community and with the substantial progress and development. Throughout the years some things have remained constant. When you speak to people who are experiencing homelessness about what they need, the most common answer is the same as it was 25 years ago: a place to live and a job.


This story originally appeared in our fall edition of News from HOME.


Today’s guest blog post is by Garrett O'Dwyer, Policy & Communications Associate for the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. PACDC is a close ally and partner of Project HOME in the ongoing struggle to expand affordable housing in our city.  


Karen Orrick is Project HOME's Project Coordinator of the Hub of Hope and of Strategic Initiatives. She wrote this article in the wake of last week's shooting incident at the U.S. Capitol.


Julia Binswanger is a student at Bowdoin College who is volunteering her writing skills for Project HOME this summer. 

Fifty-one-year-old Antoine Parks is a fighter.

From 1981 to 1993 this South Philadelphia native was stationed in Iraq. There he worked in artillery and served in direct combat. In short, he risked his life for our country so that those of us at home don’t have to. Thus, one would assume that in 1993, after over ten years of service when Antoine was finally discharged, he would be done fighting.


Today's blog entry was written by Dan Muklewicz, a law student from the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans, who is interning with Project HOME this summer.