The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience
Bars on the windows

These are the bars on our windows. It’s a mean of safety because if anybody busts the window you know they can’t get in. But sometimes we feel just caged in and it’s sad that we have to feel that way...I don’t like what’s outside my house.

Despite the bars on the windows, Tangela's apartment was broken in to this past summer, and many her things were stolen.

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