At the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness, the main goal is to help the homeless people off the streets and into long-term homes.
“We were established in 1981 to provide a safe home for those in need,” Family Advocate for Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness Deanna Marshall said. “We want to be able to help everyone get a secure home of their own and not just rely on temporary shelters.”
Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness, located at 802 N. Broad St., is a nonprofit organization under the direction of Phyllis Ryan-Jackson to assist with transitioning the homeless into affordable local homes.
The organization seeks out potential clients through outreach and with the help of volunteers, makes connections with the homeless to offer them services such as wardrobe assistance for interviews, peer counseling and information on rehabilitation centers.
“It is important to provide housing to homeless because we don’t want them to end up in institutional shelters,” Executive Director of Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness Phyllis Ryan-Jackson said. “We want to step in and be there for them any way we can before any of that becomes an option.”
To increase the efforts of helping the homeless get back on their feet, Ryan-Jackson started, SafeHome Philadelphia.
Started in 2005, PCEH introduced the program to help with keeping low-income or homeless families together with the help of apartment or home placement. The program then works out a payment option that the clients can afford and places them in jobs to help them to keep their new home. So far, SafeHome has helped over 121 low-income families into homes of their own.
Deanna Marshal has also benefited from the program and is inspired to help others.
“I once was in thier shoes, so I know how to help them get valuable resources,” Marshall said. “That’s why were are here because there isn’t an issue or problem that we can help solve and speaking from experience I know that this organization really cares about the well being of others. ”
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