The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

I heard that this is way better than what it was a few years ago. I came to this neighborhood in like 2005 and it was bad… it was bad.  It got better, but why is it so slow? If they really wanted to they could make a total difference.  They could just clean out, clean everything out and make it into a total different world, if they really wanted to.  But they don’t. There’s so many bright people, so many bright kids living here.  If there were more programs than there is liquor stores, do you think half the girls here would be getting pregnant, do you think half the guys would be in the street?  No.  They would be in those programs.

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.


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