In this, our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015, we thank everyone in the Project HOME community for their support, participation and leadership over this past year. Each of you has played a part in bringing us closer to ending chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia.
Over the past year, Project HOME has accomplished exciting milestones, including:
- Opening the doors to our new Stephen Klein Wellness Center, a 28,000-square-foot integrated health home, providing an array of high quality health and wellness services to persons who have experienced homelessness and persons at-risk of homeless in North Philadelphia.
- Developing our Young Adult Program, with funding from the Neubauer Family Foundation, in answer to the growing population of homeless men and women ages 18 to 24, after a successful pilot at JBJ Soul Homes supporting the youth in education and employment to break the cycle of homelessness with early intervention.
- Breaking ground on our newest residence, the Francis House of Peace, a 94-unit residence in Chinatown developed through a partnership with Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation which will include 12 units for young adults. This represents the fourth project of the Middleton Partnership, and honors the legacy of James Widener Ray with a lead gift from the Raynier Institute and Foundation.
- Successfully completing our fifth year of the PECO/Exelon Veterans Training and Employment Program, ensuring dozens of veterans that have experienced homelessness to reach stable, competitive employment and financial independence.
- Supporting 47 students in college through our College Access Program at the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs. This year, students are attending 27 colleges and $75,000 in scholarships was provided to them, in addition to critical guidance. The CAP program is preparing 24 more for college admission. Ninety-three percent of our seniors graduated from high school, and 86 percent began college in the fall - all teens from the poorest zip codes in Philadelphia.
- Creating the Mercy and Justice Campaign in conjunction with the visit of Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families, to raise awareness, advocate nationally, and fund projects to alleviate hunger and homelessness in our region.
We continue our journey home, strengthened by outcomes on paper - but even more so by each and every individual who has shown great courage in their recovery from lives of poverty and homelessness. We will match their fortitude with our own determination, because none of us are home, unless all of us are home.