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Where to Turn Guide

Project HOME's Where to Turn During COVID-19 is an updated list of Philadelphia area meals, physical/mental health care, shelter, and other services available during the pandemic for people experiencing homelessness. Please distribute safely.



Shareda Green sat dumbfounded inside a drab, unmarked office on Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia. More than two hours into her weekday shift at the Project HOME Outreach Coordination Center, the veteran dispatcher hadn’t assigned a single homeless outreach team to talk to a single person about getting off the streets.

On December 13, we lost a beloved friend and colleague, Ed Speedling.  Our Executive Director, S. Mary Scullion, shared reflections on what Ed meant to us at his memorial service on January 7.


Ed Speedling was a beloved colleague and friend to all of us in the Project HOME community.  Ed was a transformational person and leader!

Doing What Counts | 2017 PIT Count

Jenna Bryant is the PIT Count Coordinator for Project HOME's Outreach Coordination Center.


A Christmas Story

This is a Christmas reflection written several years ago by Will O’Brien, a member of the Project HOME community.  As we look to this year’s Christmas celebration, and as we are preparing for this year’s Homeless Memorial Day, it seems worthwhile to share this.


From ThinkProgress

This week, tens of thousands of people will converge on Philadelphia to attend the Democratic National Convention. They’ll swarm a city that is home to roughly 670 people currently living without shelter.


From the Philadelphia Inquirer

The homeless outreach teams arrived at Rittenhouse Square just before the morning rush hour. They had come to check in on familiar faces, park regulars who have refused to come inside for years - or even decades.


From Newsworks

The city of Philadelphia is tweaking its approach to homeless outreach as workers now focus on specific areas — and help those in need with individualized services.

The new approach comes in the wake of increased complaint calls about homeless people and panhandlers in Center City. Some of those complaints pertain to new homeless gathering spots.


From PhillyVoice

On Monday morning, a man named James stood at 12th and Market streets in front of the city's Hard Rock Cafe, quietly humming along with "Rapper's Delight" as it played through the restaurant's sound system.

James, dressed in a torn, stained polo shirt and dirty jeans, had been out here all morning when members of one of the city's new homeless outreach teams stopped to chat.


From the Philadelphia Inquirer

In the pre-midnight cold, more than 300 people fanned out on Philadelphia streets to count the homeless.

Around 3 a.m. Thursday, the job was over, the census of a complex, enigmatic population recorded for another year.

The so-called January Point-In-Time Count is carried out annually in cities on the same night throughout America, a requirement of the federal government.


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