Mary Howard Health Center
Homeless Teen Education Project
In Philadelphia, there are more than 2,000 homeless children and youth in homeless shelters across the city on any given day. Many of them have moved around frequently, switched schools often, have poor grades and excessive absences, or have dropped out of school altogether. After seeing the need for more of a focus on homeless teens, the Philadelphia School District's homeless liaison, Dorette Ligons Ham, along with PHMC developed the Homeless Teen Education Project. This special initiative provides intensive case management and services to 13 to 18-year old homeless teens who are living with their parents in emergency shelters or transitional housing. Currently, the program is housed and implemented at two of the city's largest family shelters, Stenton Family Manor and the Traveler's Aid Family Shelter. The Homeless Teen Education Project provides homeless teens with tutoring, mentoring, and educational case management services, including intensive interventions to improve attendance, behavior, and academic performance.
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Centralized Intake and Referral for Montgomery County Homeless Services
PHMC serves as the Centralized Intake and Referral Call Center for Homeless Services in Montgomery County. This virtual call center, known as the Homeless Prevention Center, is operated by two service assessment specialists out of PHMC’s 260 South Broad Street offices. The goal of the project is to reduce unnecessary intake and referral services provided by Montgomery County agencies, as well as to collect data regarding the housing needs for residents of Montgomery County. This project is also the centralized intake for the County’s Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing project funded by HUD. The project is funded by the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Development, The North Penn Community Health Foundation and the Montgomery County Foundation.
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To reach the Call Center please call 1.877.646.6306.
Homeless Prevention Rapid Rehousing Program
PHMC’s Homeless Prevention Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP) provides financial assistance and housing stabilization services to homeless and near-homeless families and individuals who are residents of city-funded emergency or transitional housing facilities. Located at HELP Philadelphia, the program aims to enable families to move into permanent housing. Accepted applicants receive assistance in finding clean, safe and affordable housing and referrals to a pool of rental sites and property managers. HRPR provides qualified families with housing within 6-8 weeks of the initial referral date. In addition to guiding families with finding housing, HPRP’s housing stabilization specialist services help families create a self-sufficiency plan that helps families with resources to encourage permanent housing. Services include home visits, informational workshops on tenant rights and responsibilities, household budgeting and follow up on self- sufficiency plans.