One Philadelphia nonprofit is having great success helping the homeless.

In a city with a 26 percent poverty rate, Project HOME has helped about 8,500 homeless people get off the street. The nonprofit has 600 affordable apartments, job opportunities, a learning center and a free clinic. It has recently received a $30 million donation.

David Brown, who lived on the streets for 25 years and couldn’t read or write, now lives in an apartment and works at the Project HOME clothing store.


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He explained that HOME stands for housing, opportunity, medical and education.

“If you give a homeless person them four things, he won’t be homeless no longer,” he said.

From 2012-2013, the Philadelphia homeless population declined by 2.3 percent. Homelessness rose by 27 percent in Los Angeles and 13 percent in New York City during that same time period.


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