Hub of Hope Outcomes Report | 2014
The Hub of Hope was a walk-in engagement center located under Two Penn Center in Philadelphia, providing social and health services to individuals experiencing long-term homelessness living in and around the subway concourses from January through early April 2014. Click to read the full report.
Goals of the Hub of Hope
- Transition people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing
- Provide easy, centralized access to co-located physical and behavioral healthcare and connect people to on-going primary care
- Deepen our understanding of necessary, strategic, and effective tools and methods to better assist and end homelessness for individuals experiencing homelessness in the subway concourses
- 6562 visits to the Hub from 1063 unique individuals
- 536 individuals sat down with a case manager; 258 of which had histories of long-term homelessness or other vulnerability indicators
- 330 medical visits from 178 unique individuals
- 286 essential medical assessments and forms completed for housing, services, and benefits
- 263 individuals placed into shelter, treatment, and other housing options around the City (151 of these individuals deemed long-term homeless/fragile)
- 359 total placements made -- 263 initial placements and 96 follow-up placements (232 total placements of long-term homeless/fragile individuals – 151 initial and 81 follow up placements)
- Invited an evolving population of participants including center city neighbors, businesses, SEPTA and Philadelphia police, and participants, some of whom were in recovery, actively addicted, mental ill or vulnerable
- Engaged individuals on the margins of care during a “treatable moment”
- Provided coordinated health care and housing, along with the ability for consistent follow-up
- Connected and reconnected individuals who are difficult to locate with supports around the City
2014 Lessons Learned
- Centralized, convenient location promoted initial access and continued follow-up- connecting disconnected individuals and bolstering up support systems already in place.
- Large crowds gathered in the concourse in the morning hours when individuals who utilized temporary winter beds with early dismissals had nowhere to go, especially in inclement weather.
- Strength of collaboration with Philadelphia Outreach teams, MHA Peer Ahead, Pathways to Housing, SEPTA police, and other case managers to collaborate and assess, engage, plan, and follow-up with individuals living in and around the concourse made for a strong project