Fitzgerald Recovery Residence
Project HOME is on the front lines addressing one of the most devastating crises in the nation—homelessness. Today, Project HOME is redoubling its efforts by creating recovery housing coupled with services for people impacted by the opioid epidemic. By creating safe, recovery-orientated housing right in the epicenter of the crisis, Project HOME will empower adults to break the cycle of chronic homelessness while addressing the impact of addiction.
This new residence, located on the Temple Episcopal Hospital campus, will be turned into a recovery residence for 62 homeless men and women who want to begin their recovery journey directly from the street or after being discharged from detox. There will be eight entry-level beds and 54 units of housing. This will bring Project HOME to over 1,030 units of affordable housing.
Residents of Fitzgerald Recovery Residence will be connected to recovery-focused services with case management and peer supports. The program will also provide on-site education and employment offered at the state-of-the-art Honickman East Center to assist individuals with certifications, computer training, on-the-job coaching, skill development, and support needed for ongoing housing stability.
With a transformational leadership gift from Leigh and John Middleton, Project HOME created a public/private initiative to end and prevent chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia. MPOWER comprises visionary leaders who have joined with Leigh and John Middleton to ensure that together we realize this bold goal.
Since 2011, Project HOME and its community partners have created a new strategic and collaborative approach to provide housing, healthcare, education, and employment. Under Project HOME’s lead, MPOWER has identified the longest-term and most vulnerable people living on the streets and developed a comprehensive program of permanent housing (with services designed to break the cycle of homelessness) and also the necessary capacity to prevent chronic street homelessness in the future.
In addition, MPOWER will pilot evidence-based practices in drug- and alcohol-free housing coupled with employment, leading to greater economic independence for people struggling with addiction and chronic street homelessness. To prevent future homelessness, MPOWER will create new permanent supportive housing with strong education and employment opportunities targeted to youth aging out of foster care or who are experiencing homelessness.
The financial leverage and collaborative impact of MPOWER allows Project HOME to greatly expand its housing and services, including building six new residential programs with a total of 500 additional housing units – doubling overall housing capacity – and a new wellness center offering integrated health care services including primary, behavioral health, and dental care, together with wellness programs. Not only does MPOWER help Project HOME carry out its mission of ending homelessness, it generates economic and fiscal impacts throughout the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
On a daily basis, we witness the tremendous strength and courage of men and women who have overcome homelessness. And daily, we experience what happens when a community with a shared vision comes together – what Jon Bon Jovi calls “The Power of We.” Together, we can seize this opportunity and make the ambitious hope of ending chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia a reality. We invite every sector of society to join us in this hope – and help make Philadelphia the first major City in our nation to end and prevent chronic street homelessness.
Sheila and John Connors
Janet and John Haas
The Honickman Family
JBJ Soul Foundation
Margaret and Paul Hondros
Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals
Peggy and Harold Katz
Stephen B. Klein
Frances and James Maguire
Leigh and John Middleton
Elizabeth R. Moran
Neubauer Family Foundation
Raynier Institute and Foundation
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc.
Ruth and Morris Williams