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During the bitter cold spell earlier this month, with a Code Blue emergency and life-threatening temperatures, our outreach teams along with our partner organizations worked long hours, pouring themselves out tirelessly. With other staff and residents helping out, they brought people in off the streets,out of the cold, encouraging them to take the first small steps toward breaking the vicious cycle of chronic homelessness. 

When Michael Parson thinks back to his days walking the streets of Philadelphia, homeless and addicted to drugs, a wry smile flits across his face. “You could say I was looking for love in all the wrong places.”  

 

During the bitter cold spell earlier this month, with a Code Blue emergency and life-threatening temperatures, our outreach teams along with our partner organizations worked long hours,pouring themselves out tirelessly. With other staff and residents helping out, they brought people in off the streets,out of the cold, encouraging them to take the first small steps toward breaking the vicious cycle of chronic homelessness. 

 

Jennine Miller’s office at 1515 Fairmount Avenue might be one of the messiest in all of Project HOME. But it’s also one of the most energetic. It’s a nearly constant den of activity,with interns, residents,and volunteers busy at work, or with visitors popping in to catch upon the latest advocacy efforts. The walls are adorned with posters and shirts from numerous social-change campaigns (as well as plaques and certificates signifying the many awards she has won). 

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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