The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

I was making a pot of minestrone, with zucchini and onions, tomatoes and beans—good stuff in it. I wanted people to see that without money for propane, this was the only way to feed the family a warm nutritious meal. Without propane for my stove for 3 months this winter, I had to use my grill, or the microwave. When you don’t have a regular stove you are reduced to eating high calorie foods. Sometimes you end up buying a TV dinner, which is expensive and not nutritious. The more I eat junky food, the lousier I feel, and the more the depression sets in. I am sleepy all the time because I am not eating well. Also, it’s more expensive to be poor. If we had the 80 dollars to pay the bill, we wouldn’t have to pay 250 dollars to get the propane turned back on.


Emergency Shelter

Emergency shelters serve as temporary residences for individuals and families experiencing an acute housing crisis, such as eviction or domestic violence.  In Philadelphia, the Office of Supportive Housing (OSH) coordinates a network of shelters for families and single individuals.  

Homelessness among families with young children has risen dramatically since the 2008 recession.  In 2009, over 5,000 children in Philadelphia were served the emergency shelter and transitional housing in, 46% of these children were under age 5.

Current Issue

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created new funding for homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing, which provided over $21 million over 3 years for homeless families in Philadelphia.  This funding expires in September 2012 and it is unclear whether the City will be able to continue these successful programs.


Media Request Form