GOOD NEWS Philadelphia Nonprofit Helps 8,500 Homeless People Off the Streets
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.
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.