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Project HOME



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Project HOME

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.

Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.

Project HOME was born in 1989 as a temporary emergency shelter for homeless men. Concerned by the dearth of services available to chronically homeless individuals in Philadelphia, Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon co-founded Project HOME to respond to the unmet needs of people living on the streets. It was developed with input from the very people it was meant to help, individuals who had lived on the streets for the longest, and to this day includes persons who have experienced homelessness on the Board of Trustees and on its committees. Project HOME not only shelters homeless men, women, and children but empowers individuals to transition out of homelessness permanently. Project HOME has empowered over 8,000 men, women, and children to leave homelessness behind.

Project HOME Health Services (PHHS) provides a whole-person, integrated model of care that puts low-income and homeless patients at the center of an integrated team of medical professionals. PHHS provides a range of services at our Stephen Klein Wellness Center (SKWC) location, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC): primary care, mental and behavioral healthcare, oral care services, nutrition and wellness, a YMCA fitness center with child care services, physical therapy, a pharmacy, holistic services, and medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. PHHS currently provides primary care services at two satellite locations located at our partner agency Pathways to Housing and Project HOME's drop-in engagement center in the Philadelphia subway system (Suburban Station transit hub), the Hub of Hope. In August 2018, Project HOME opened a third satellite location at Prevention Point Philadelphia, a nonprofit partner addressing the opioid epidemic in the Kensington neighborhood with the mission of promoting health, empowerment and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty.

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Project HOME

Melanie Richter, Senior Director of Development -

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