In 2017, each of you has played a part in bringing us closer to ending chronic street homelessness in Philadelphia. We are proud to celebrate our work together in this, our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017. Your support, participation, and leadership have strengthened the Project HOME community and have helped so many women, men, young adults, and children find hope, home, and opportunities.
Over the past year, Project HOME has accomplished exciting milestones, including:
- Expanding the Young Adult Program to address the emerging need among young adults who experience homelessness (including 40 percent who are LGBTQ). Project HOME, with the help of the Neubauer Family Foundation and many others, will soon have 80 young adults in permanent, supportive housing.
- Tripling annual job placements, through the Haas Initiative for Recovery and Employment, up to 195 new jobs per year in 2017, successfully breaking through barriers of incarceration, substance abuse, and trauma.
- Expanding outreach and restroom attendant jobs at the Free Library of Philadelphia to include the Kensington Branch (McPherson). In FY17, our Kensington outreach initiative had contacts with 1,236 unduplicated persons living on the street.
- Partnering with SEPTA and the City of Philadelphia to expand the Hub of Hope into a permanent location in the Suburban Station concourse to offer year-round services, including access to social services, healthcare, and shower facilities.
- Recently completing Ruth Williams House—providing 88 units of affordable housing—and breaking ground on Gloria Casarez Residence which will provide 30 units of affordable housing targeted to young adults. These are the fifth and sixth projects of MPower, a unique partnership model drawing on a powerful network of people and ideas that multiplies our impact in five key areas: Investments, relationships, resources, advocacy, and evidence.
- Doubling teen summer employment among College Access Program participants through the John and Sheila Conners Youth Employment Program.
We envision a society where everyone has a place to call home and is given the opportunity and resources to flourish and achieve their fullest potential. We dare to believe that the men and women who live on our streets and in our poorest neighborhoods deserve the best and brightest futures and that they have gifts to contribute to a healthy and thriving community. Working to end homelessness and poverty is ultimately seeking to heal ourselves and our society as a whole.
We are only able to do that with your support and partnership. Thank you again for your generosity and for being a part of the Project HOME family!