In 2016, each of you has played a part in bringing us closer to ending chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia. We are proud to celebrate our work together in this, our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2016. Your support, participation and leadership have strengthened the Project HOME community and have helped so many women, men, young adults and children find hope, home and opportunities.
Over the past year, Project HOME has accomplished exciting milestones, including:
- Opening the doors of our newest residence, the Francis House of Peace, a 94-unit residence in Chinatown developed through a partnership with Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation which includes 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.
- Breaking ground on our next residence at 2415 North Broad Street, which will provide 88 units of affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness, including 20 units for young adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- Successfully completing our sixth 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.
- Expanding our work with young adults 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. We will break ground in 2017 on a new affordable housing project targeted to young adults who are homeless, have experienced homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness, including those aging out of foster care at 1315 North 8th street that will be LGBTQ-friendly.
- Opening our pharmacy with support from AmerisourceBergen at the Stephen Klein Wellness Center, Project HOME’s federally qualified health center for homeless men, women, children, and residents in an area where half of the people live in poverty and almost a third in extreme poverty.
- Supporting 46 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 over $95,000 in scholarships was provided to them, in addition to critical guidance.
We envision a society where everyone has a place to call home and is given the opportunity and resources to flourish and achieve their fullest potential. We dare to believe that the men and women who live on our streets and in our poorest neighborhoods deserve the best and brightest futures, and that they have gifts to contribute to a healthy and thriving community. Working to end homelessness and poverty is ultimately seeking to heal ourselves and our society as a whole.
We are only able to do that with your support and partnership. Thank you again for your generosity and for being a part of the Project HOME family!