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Will O'Brien from Project HOME's Education and Advocacy Department, was present at the two-day hearing on the City's ban on outdoor food distribution to persons who are homeless. He offers these reflections from the hearing.

It was practically a church service inside Courtroom 14-B at the Federal Building in Center City this week.

U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr., probably hadn’t anticipated two days of Scripture passages and mini-sermons, but after all, this was a case about religion.


Erika Slaymaker is Project HOME's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator.

On a recent Saturday morning, our neighbors in the Rowan/Judson section of the city walked to the signtuare gazebo on the grounds of the St. Elizabeth's Recovery Residence to do something that usually requires far more effort: buy fresh fruits and vegetables.


The relationship of gambling to homelessness is a critical one, which deserve serious attention as Philadelphia and other cities continue to promote casinos as a way to raise revenue. This article by Paul Davies in The Philly Post does a fine job of exploring the issues.


On May 16, Project HOME held our annual Young Leaders Event, which was a fundraiser for our youth programs. Our Executive Director Sister Mary Scullion greeted the crowd of over 350 friends and supporters with these words:


Yvonne Bailey has to rise pretty early in the morning on a work day. She gets her daughter ready for school, then heads to Center City, where she is responsible for opening the HOME Page Café at the Main Branch of the Free Library on the Parkway. It takes about 45 minutes to do the inventory, set up and clean, brew the coffee and tea, get the espresso machine going, and make the Café ready by 8:30 am for the day’s first customers.


Edith Ann and her big chair. Ernestine the rude telephone receptionist. Trudy the bag lady. Ms. Frizzle from Magic School Bus series. 


Sean Quebedo threw down the Queen of Hearts, punctuating his win over Joy Johnson in a friendly game of cards. 


Kim Covello is a volunteer for Project HOME and an occasional contributor to the HOME Word blog.  Her last post was about the 100,000 Homes Campaign.


Nhakia Outland is a graduate student in social work at Temple University. She is interning with Project HOME’s Education and Advocacy Department. She was one of the main organizers of the 2011 Homeless Memorial Day service.


Bernard Conner and John Spanier are both students who attend digital music classes at Project HOME’s Teen Program at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs.  As part of an ongoing project, students are involved in developing their own record label – Inner Power Records.  They have plans to release their first full-length album in just a few months.  Bernard, who is the front man for the label, spends a majority of his time writing and recording songs with other students in the class.