Office of Homeless Services (OHS)
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Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services introduces itself with the line, "Many Partners, One Goal, End Homelessness"
- The mission of the Office of Homeless Services is to provide the leadership, coordination, planning and mobilization of resources to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring for the City of Philadelphia.
- Homeless Services works collaboratively with more than 60 mostly nonprofit, homeless housing and service providers combined with city, state and federal governmental entities to comprise Philadelphia’s homeless service system or Continuum of Care (CoC).
- This system provides emergency housing and services to people who are both experiencing homelessness and at imminent risk of homelessness. It includes homelessness prevention and diversion, emergency, transitional and rapid re-housing, permanent supportive housing, case management, supportive services, emergency response, service days (clean up of encampments), food and commodity distribution to contracted emergency housing facilities and soup kitchens and operation of the Riverview, a personal care home.
- Provider Network
- Philadelphia’s Five Year Strategic Plan for the Homeless Assistance System
- Philadelphia’s Coordinated Entry and Assessment-Based Housing Referral System – or “CEA-BHRS” (pronounced sea-breeze)]
- National Homeless Shelter Directory - Philly Page
In The News
- Aggressive panhandlers prompt Philly to offer new option for helping those in need, Newsworks, June 13, 2017.
- City Offering 'Text Alternative' To Reduce Panhandling, CBS-3, June 12, 2017.
- Philly mayor: Don't give cash to panhandlers, Philly Voice, June 12, 2017.