Homeless Health Initiative

Shelters We Serve

Since 1988, the Homeless Health Initiative (HHI) has been building partnerships with emergency housing providers in the Greater Philadelphia area and providing various levels of service. Currently, HHI works with eight area shelters, providing a wide range of support services.

Primary support

Facilities that receive primary level support from HHI shelters we servereceive monthly medical and dental care visits, ongoing education and training for emergency housing staff and families, and fundraiser proceeds in some some circumstances.

     » Episcopal Community Services/
St. Barnabas Mission

     » Lutheran Settlement House/
Jane Addams Place

     » The People’s Emergency Center 

Secondary support

For other facilities, HHI provides secondary support which includes educational sessions, training seminars and/or donation drives. 

     » Salvation Army/Red Shield Family Residence
     » Red Cross House
     » Women Against Abuse
     » Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter
     » Families Forward Philadelphia (formerly Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia) 

Shelter details

This page offers a guide to each shelter HHI works with, details about the shelter, the type of support HHI provides and important contact information.  

Episcopal Community Services/St. Barnabas Mission

Phone: 215-528-5400
Address: 6006 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19151
Website: http://www.ecsphilly.org/our-impact
Serves: women and children 

HHI support: Receives full HHI services, including medical and dental care visits, educational sessions, training seminars and proceeds from fundraisers. See Our Programs for details.

Details: ECS/St. Barnabas is an emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness. The shelter houses up to 105 women and children every day. In addition to housing and meals, St. Barnabas provides case management and health services, computer classes, a pre-school program, an after-school program and a summer camp.  

Lutheran Settlement House/Jane Addams Place

Phone: 215-387-2587
Address: 25 S. 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Website: http://www.lutheransettlement.org/html/Jane_addams_main.html
Serves: women and children

HHI support: Receives full HHI services, including medical and dental care visits, educational sessions, training seminars and proceeds from fundraisers. See Our Programs for details.

Details: LSH/Jane Addams Place is a comprehensive emergency shelter for up to 95 mothers with children. At Jane Addams Place, child and family advocates take a holistic framework in assisting residents by focusing on family systems and employing a trauma-informed model so families can regain and maintain permanent housing and employment. Programs provided include: adult education, life skills and youth programs, as well as housing placement and referral services.   

The People’s Emergency Center

Phone: 215-382-7523 or 215-382-2604
Address: 3902 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Website: http://pec-cares.org
Serves: women and children

HHI support: Receives full HHI services, including medical and dental care visits, educational sessions, training seminars and proceeds from fundraisers. See Our Programs for details.

Details: The People's Emergency Center provides emergency, transitional, and permanent housing to up to 220 women, children and teenage girls. It helps families experiencing homelessness through comprehensive services including shelter and housing, on-site counseling, employment, parenting and children's programs. 

Salvation Army/Red Shield Family Residence 

Phone: 215-787-2887
Address: 715 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Website: http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_philadelphiadhq.nsf/vw-sublinks/6533738B6ED9A47E852573A900788FDC?openDocument 
Serves: men, women and children

HHI support: Receives some HHI services including medical and dental care visits, art therapy for moms and donations. See Our Programs for details.

Details: The Salvation Army/Red Shield Family Residence provides emergency shelter and support services to families experiencing homelessness. All family configurations, including families with teenaged children and single men with children, are accepted. Salvation Army offers private rooms, three hot meals a day, case management services, parenting education, clean and sober services, and after-school activities for children.  

Red Cross House 

Phone: 215-405-8800
Address: 4000 Powelton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104
Website: http://www.redcross-philly.org/page.cfm?info=Our%20Work&service=Emergency%20Services&title=Red%20Cross%20House
Serves: men, women and children who have experienced a natural disaster

HHI support: Receives some HHI services including donations and health education workshops. See Our Programs for details. 

Details: Red Cross House is a short-term housing facility and service center for survivors of disasters. The shelter houses up to 120 individuals at a time. The goal of Red Cross House is to move clients into permanent housing in about 21 days. 

Women Against Abuse

Phone: 866-723-3014 (hotline) and 215-386-1280
Address: 100 S. Broad St., Suite 1341, Philadelphia, PA 19110 (Note: This is an office, not the location of the shelter. The location of the shelter is kept confidential to maintain client safety.)
Website: http://www.womenagainstabuse.org/
Serves: women and children

HHI support: Receives some HHI services including donations. See our programs for details.

Details: Women Against Abuse provides quality, compassionate and nonjudgmental services in a manner that fosters self-respect and independence in women experiencing intimate partner violence. It also leads the struggle to end domestic violence through advocacy and community education. Services include emergency housing, legal services, hotline counseling, education, training and advocacy. Women Against Abuse's shelter provides residents with three meals a day, donated goods as needed, an outdoor playground, computer lab, laundry facility and 24-hour security.

Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter

Phone: 800-810-4434 (hotline) and 215-949-1727  
Address: 7301 New Falls Road (7 Library Way), Levittown, PA 19055
Websitehttp://www.fsabc.org/
Serves: men, women and children

HHI support: Receives some donations of supplies.  

Details: The Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter, a program of Family Service Association of Bucks County, is a program for families and individuals who have lost stable and safe housing. It can serve up to 85 men, women and children. This temporary shelter provides case managers to help residents to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Family Service’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Program provides an on-site mental health counselor.

Families Forward Philadelphia (formerly Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia)

Phone: 215-240-4800
Address: 111 N. 49th St., Philadelphia, PA 19139
Website: http://www.taphilly.org/index.html
Serves: men, women and children

HHI support: Receives some HHI services including Family Care Curriculum programming for staff members. 

Details: Travelers Aid Family Services of Philadelphia (TAFSP) assists families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. TAFSP provides professional counseling, emergency shelter, housing, direct assistance, and children and youth services for two groups of people: families experiencing homelessness and stranded travelers.

 

Reviewed by: Karen Hudson, MSW, LSW
Date: May 2013

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