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The following article appears in the new edition of  "News from HOME," the newly designed Project HOME newsletter, which was mailed to our supporters. Subscribe here.

 

On Monday, February 4, representatives of several organizations across the Philadelphia area met with Congressman Chaka Fattah’s Chief of Staff Bonnie Bowser to discuss the looming possibility of 8.2 percent across-the-board cuts to federal housing and homelessness programs.

Voter's rights advocates and the Vote for Homes Coalition discuss why voting matters in this video. 

With support from State Voices, Progress Now Education Fund developed a short video about the Vote for Homes Coalition and Project HOME to highlight our voter registration and Get Out The Vote (GOTV) activities in Pennsylvania. To learn more about the coalition, visit https://www.voteforhomes.org. To support our work, visit http://bit.ly/supportVFH.

 

Will O’Brien has been a member of the Project HOME community for over 20 years.

I sure wish the good people in Hollywood loved folks with disabilities in real life as much as they love them in the movies.

 

“I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on freedom.”

 

Winds of near 80 miles per hour. Battering rains. Trees felled. Power lines down.  Overflowing rivers and flooded streets. 

 

As her horse galloped toward the fence, Janet Scobell readied herself for a maneuver she had performed countless times before during her competitive career.

She realized - too late - that this jump was to be anything but routine. The horse balked, throwing Janet, and, in its subsequent panic, trampled her back.

The accident left her on permanent disability, bringing to a premature close her 32-year primary career as a successful commercial artist. Scobell's sudden, steep decline in income forced her to sell her Delaware County home.

 

Project HOME recently struck gold - in the form of a major recognition for environmental sustainability.

Project HOME co-founder and chief financial officer Joan McConnon accepted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold award on October 11 at our Connelly House residence, the first LEED-certified affordable housing development in Center City.

The award was presented by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

 

On September 18, members of the Project HOME community attended a special event at St. Joe’s Prep School, where Fr.

 

Helen Brown has called the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood home for 57 years.  She has lived through this lower North Philadelphia community’s slow and painful decline over decades – the loss of jobs, the deterioration of properties, the stresses of struggling families, the infusion of drugs, the increase in violence.  She has often watched with breaking heart as young persons, with decreasing educational resources and shrinking hopes for a future, take to the culture of the streets, angry and surly, hanging out, flirting with crime. 

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