Gloria Casarez Residence
Gloria Casarez Residence provides 30 LGBTQ-friendly affordable homes for young adults (ages 18-23 at entry) who are homeless, have experienced homelessness or are at risk of homelessness, including those aging out of foster care. This is the first permanent supportive housing of this kind in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and among the first in the nation.
Nationally, young adult homelessness is on the rise and an estimated 40 percent of homeless young adults identify as LGBTQ. Through the Neubauer Catalyst for Young Adults Program, Project HOME currently serves more than 50 young adults living primarily at JBJ Soul Homes, Francis House of Peace, and Ruth Williams House at the Gene & Marlene Epstein Building.
Residents will benefit from a combination of housing, employment, education, and health care services, in addition to case management, life skills education, and community-building activities.
We are no longer accepting applications for Project HOME's Gloria Casarez Residence. All applications postmarked after September 15, 2018, will be returned to sender. If you have submitted an application and would like to know the status of your application please allow up 7 days to receive a response via mail. For additional questions and concerns contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-309-5227.
Eligibility requirements include:
- Age 18 to 23 upon move-in
- Homeless, formerly homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, including those aging out of foster care
- Minimum monthly income $400; see table for maximum annual income limits
- Full-time students only eligible under certain circumstances
- Maximum household size 2 persons
- The community is smoke-free, alcohol-free, and drug-free
The following properties are accepting preliminary applications (pre-applications) which allows households to be placed on the waiting list for an apartment:
Francis House of Peace
Address: 810 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: 215-320-0849
Unit size: efficiency units
Gloria Casarez Residence
Address: 1315 North 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone Number: 215-309-5227
Unit Size: 1-bedroom units
Special Program Requirements: Must be adults age 18-23 with a minimum income of $400 a month
JBJ Soul Homes
Address: 1415 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone Number: 215-320-6192
Unit Size: efficiency and 1 bedroom
Ruth Williams House at the Gene & Marlene Epstein Building
Address: 2415 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19132
Phone Number: 215-309-5222
Unit size: efficiency units
Fully accessible units are also available at these communities for residents with mobility-related disabilities or who may use a wheelchair or scooter. There are also accessible units designed for people with hearing or vision impairments. A person with a verifiable disability who needs the accessibility features will be given priority for these units.
Q: How do I Apply?
A: There are two ways to apply:
1. Referrals to a portion of Project HOME units are made through a coordinated entry process with the Office of Homeless Services. Applicants who are currently homeless may apply through their case manager/outreach worker for these units.
2. For all other units, applicants must submit a pre-application online, no paper applications are accepted. To access the pre-application:
a. Go to Housing Residences
b. Select the property, then click the waiting list link
c. Follow the instructions register or log-in to submit an application
d. Once you complete and submit the online pre-application you will be placed on the waiting list
e. If you want to apply to more than one property, you must register for each one seperately. For information about additional resources you can call the Project HOME Info line at 215-709-7078
Q: How is a pre-application different than a regular application?
A: A pre-application includes questions that gives the property manager some basic information about your household. That information is required to place you on the waiting list, however your eligibility is not determined at that time. The full application includes required forms as well as additional documentation provided by you. The information provided in the full application is then used to determine your eligibility and suitability for housing.
Q: What if I don’t have access to a computer?
A: Access to a computer at each property listed above will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 3pm for any applicants interested in applying. Property Management staff will also be available to answer any questions you may have about the pre-application.
Q: Do I have to complete a Pre-Application for each property?
A: Yes, you must submit an pre-application for each property in order to be placed on that waiting list.
Q: What happens when my name reaches the top of the waiting list?
A: When your name nears the top of the waiting list, you will receive a notice with a date, time and location to attend an interview. The notice will contain a list of documents to bring with you. The interview will take approximately 45-60 minutes. After the interview, Project HOME will verify the information you have provided. Once we determine whether you are eligible or ineligible, you will be notified by letter.
Q: How long will I have to wait?
A: Applications will be ordered by bedroom size, program or preference category and by the date and time the application was submitted online. Because of this, we cannot provide any estimate of how long you will have to wait.
Q: What if I move or change phone numbers after I submitted my application?
A: Please log in and update your address or phone number if that information changed. There may be times that we ask you to update or provide information about your household. Failure to respond to written requests for information will result in your name being removed from the waiting list.
Q: What is the maximum amount of income that I can have in order to qualify for assistance?
A: The income limits are determined by HUD and change every year and may vary by unit. The following is the maximum income allowed as of April 2019:
Note: Some units have an income limit that is lower than the amount listed above. Only households with income at or below the identified limit will be selected for those units.
Q: What are some of the other eligibility requirements?
1. All adults must pass a criminal, credit and drug screening.
2. You must be able to obtain/ transfer utility services (PECO/PGW) to the Property.
3. You must be able to provide satisfactory landlord or housing references
4. You must disclose and provide proof of social security numbers for each household member.
5. The unit must become your ONLY residence.
6. Provide verifiable information for units are designated for applicants that are formerly homeless, currently homeless or at risk of homelessness.
7. Other eligibility requirements as indicated in the Tenant Selection Plan or program requirements may be communicated at the time of the interview.
Q: What information will you need from me?
A: The property manager will send you a list of documents and information required. Some of the information that you will need to provide includes:
1. Name, birth date, social security number of all household members
2. Proof of all sources of income such as paystubs, social security award letters etc.
3. All bank account names and account numbers and other assets;
4. A valid state-issued photo ID for each person who is 18 years of age and older;
5. Citizenship or Immigration status
6. School or training enrollment status
7. Disability status as required for certain program eligibility.
Q: What else do I need to know?
A: Project HOME does not discriminate against applicants based on their race, religion, sex, gender identity, color, national origin, age, disability, familial status, genetic information, or sexual orientation. An applicant desiring to lease an apartment must comply with all applicable eligibility criteria, including but not limited to the criteria set forth in the pre-application. All information provided by the applicant will be verified from all applicable sources including, but not limited to employers, providers, and federal, state and local government agencies. Applicants who have misrepresented any information during the application process may be removed from the waiting list or, if housed, subject to lease termination. Applicants who are determined ineligible will be offered the opportunity to participate in an informal meeting with management to dispute the ineligibility decision.
Reasonable Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities
We provide "reasonable accommodations" to applicants who demonstrate the need for them due to a disability. A reasonable accommodation may be a structural change to our units or common areas, or a modification of a rule, policy, procedure, or service that will assist an otherwise eligible applicant or a resident with a disability to make effective use of our programs. A family that has a member with a disability must still be able to meet essential obligations of the lease. If you or a member of your family have a disability and think you might need or want a reasonable accommodation, or if you need help completing this application, you may request it by informing the property manager at any time. This is up to you. If you would prefer not to discuss your situation with the property manager, that is your right as well.
Gloria Casarez Residence will target young adults, including those aging out of foster care, and will be LGBTQ-friendly. Each year, approximately 1,000 young adults age out of foster care in Pennsylvania. National data indicated that as many as 40 percent of young adults experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ. Specially designed programs will support these young adults, one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population. The residence will be the first young adult-only, LGBTQ-friendly permanent supportive housing in Pennsylvania.
Gloria was a civil rights leader and LGBTQ activist in Philadelphia and across America. She was the City’s first director of the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs and passed away in 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Gloria was a founding member and community organizer of Empty the Shelters (a youth-led national housing rights and economic justice organization); coordinator for the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania; and executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative in Philadelphia. As the director of the City’s LGBT Office, Gloria Casarez developed and launched key priorities and policy for the Administration in a wide range of areas, including health, city services, civil rights, public safety, and education. During her tenure, Philadelphia adopted the broadest LGBT rights protections in the nation.
The project plan includes a community room that will open out to a courtyard of a size sufficient to host indoor and outdoor events and programming for residents and the larger community. Programming may include: art program activities, classes, and shows; community conversations, “potlatches”, and advocacy committee meetings; and other activities in partnership with area organizations.
Project HOME was among the first in the nation to pioneer a coordinated and evidence-based approach proven to break the cycle of homelessness. Now, through a transformational investment from Leigh and John Middleton, further supported by like-minded partners, they’ve created a super-charged engine to not only sustain the model but to strengthen it. This is especially urgent considering surging social issues like opioid addiction, the outflow of at-risk youth aging out of the foster care system and mental health issues.
This unique partnership model draws on a powerful network of people and ideas that multiplies Project HOME’s impact in five key areas: investment leverage, strategic relationships, focused resources, advocacy and awareness and evidence-based reporting.
In just five years, the partnership’s impact multiplier model has leveraged $20 million into $200 million to break the cycle of homelessness for more than 15,000 people.
Today, its growing list of partners has gone beyond helping individuals to revitalizing entire communities. This includes:
- creating new homes
- building long-term capacity
- expanding outreach services
- ending veteran homelessness
- breaking the cycle for young adults
Homelessness is solvable in our lifetime. It can be ended and prevented for good. Because none of us are home until all of us are home.®