[NEWS] Hub for Hope, Homeless Center, Searches for a Home Underground | Project HOME

[NEWS] Hub for Hope, Homeless Center, Searches for a Home Underground

 

From NBC 10

On any given night, about a third of Center City's homeless -- about 100 people -- sleep in the concourse under Philadelphia's Suburban Station. Project HOME's "cafe" -- a type of drop-in services center -- has operated there over the last three winters.

"First, they'd come and just sit and have a cup of coffee. But then we'd build a relationship with them, and that trust would really help people move out of the concourse and toward other services," said Karen Orrick, project coordinator for the Hub of Hope Cafe.

In 2011, a Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania report -- "Can We Do Better on Behalf of Homeless Individuals Inhabiting the Downtown Concourse?" -- addressed the need for "out-of-the-box" interventions to help people who "despite routine and regular outreach to them, including offers of housing, remain in this state of affairs."