Archive for January, 2011

Letter to the Editor: How the Current System Fails

January 26, 2011

On Saturday, January 26th, the Philadelphia Inquirer published a Letter to the Editor from PCEH, describing how the current shelter-based system of solving the homeless problem utterly fails. This letter was in response to an article published the previous Wednesday, entitled “What the Region’s Homeless Need” by By Charles W. Levesque. According to Mr. Levesque, [...]

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Hennepin County, MN: Promising Strategy for Assessment of the Targeting of Homelessness Prevention Resources

January 25, 2011

Hennepin County, Minnesota has operated a homelessness prevention program since the state legislature established the Family Homelessness Prevention and Assistance Program (FHPAP) in 1993. In 2010, the County decided to evaluate the program to make sure that it was providing prevention funds to families that would actually have become homeless without them. It did this [...]

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PCEH Noted by NAEH as a National Leader in the Housing First Industry

January 18, 2011

The National Alliance to End Homelessness has noted the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness in two separate reports. The first details our ongoing cooperative partnership with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Early Head Start program, in conjunction with our homelessness prevention program, known as SafeHome Philadelphia. Through this partnership, we are better able to identify [...]

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URGENT: WE NEED YOUR HELP, WE’RE IN THE COLD!

January 9, 2011

As will the hundreds of homeless men who rely on the 802 day-intake center be in the cold! Our costs are mounting, and as a privately funded organization, we rely on your direct donations to keep the doors open. We receive no government or public monies, which translates to direct service, no bloated bureaucracy. Every [...]

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Beyond Shelter: New Practice Brief on Rapid Re-housing

January 7, 2011

In a partnership with HomeStart of Boston, and Partnering for Change of Los Angeles, Beyond Shelter (also of Los Angeles) has released a fascinating study and suggestions for the implementation of “rapid re-housing” or “housing first” strategies to ending homlessness. Specifically, they outline techniques for working with private-market landlords, rather than government bureaucracies and their [...]

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Dennis Culhane’s Five Myth’s About Homelessness

January 5, 2011

1. Homelessness is a long-term condition. 2. Most homeless people have a severe mental condition. 3. Homeless people don’t work. 4. Shelters are a humane solution to homelessness. 5. There will always be homeless people. All of these myths are untrue and Dennis Culhane, P.H.D. explains why in the Washington Post.

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