[NEWS] Expanded Hub of Hope homeless center opening under Suburban Station
Philadelphia’s new day center for the homeless opens its doors Wednesday, but it’ll be opening in an unusual location — underground.
In a partnership with SEPTA and Project HOME, the new Hub for Hope facility will be in the concourse below Center City’s Suburban Station. The facility, formerly a transit police headquarters, covers 11,000 square feet — 10 times the size of the current Hub of Hope, which has been operating during the winter out of a storefront, just a few blocks away.
The new center will not offer a place to sleep, but will provide coffee, showers and a place to do laundry from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. On weekends, it will serve free meals. The expansion will also allow for a health clinic, medical professionals and behavioral health specialists to be on site, as well as certified peer specialists who can help people apply for jobs and housing.
Over the course of the past six winters, Hub of Hope has hosted an estimated 200 people a day. Project HOME anticipates the new facility will serve twice that many.