PIHN joins FSPN at City Council Homelessness Prevention Hearing

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Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) families, staff and volunteers as well as many representatives from the Family Service Provider’s Network (FSPN) testified on March 13th about the need for a Homelessness Prevention Plan this past Monday at a City Council public hearing. The hearing, sponsored by the Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and Homelessness advocated for funding for a robust homelessness prevention program to relieve Philly’s log-jammed shelter system with long waiting lists.

Andrea Jourden and Nancy House, PIHN alumni,  spoke about their struggles to find housing they could afford and how they are doing so much better since PIHN’s shallow rent subsidy and master lease program.  As working, low income families, their stay in shelter could have been shortened or avoided all-together had resources been available earlier. Aubrey, Nancy’s 11 year old daughter spoke eloquently about the impact of housing insecurity on her family and her difficulty concentrating in school when the family was struggling prior to entering PIHN’s Master Lease Housing program that offers shallow rent subsidies. PIHN’s Director Rachel Falkove, and other FSPN providers, suggested that City Council:

1) Direct $3,000,000 from the Housing Trust Fund for Homelessness Prevention efforts.

2) Allocate $3,000,000 from the General Fund to strengthen the contract agencies that have been flat-funded for the past 8 years.

3) Allocate $25,000 for trauma informed care training programs.

We are hopeful that these requested changes combined with strengthening the role of public/private/faith-based partnerships will result in helping 750 families avoid the experience of homelessness.

PIHN families of Andrea Jourden , Nancy and Aubrey House (shown in photo above) & Rachel Falkove (below) at Press Conference before the Hearing.

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Take a peak into the Hearing by following these YouTube links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MwnKoh7L-Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO88646l1QY

PIHN welcomes our newest faith community partner: Masjidullah!

We are thrilled to introduce our new faith community partner- Masjidullah, a Muslim community at Washington Lane and Limekiln Pike.  Inspired by the Imam Roberto Rashid’s commitment to interfaith partnerships, members of Masjidullah responded generously to PIHN’s recent request for food contributions to cover a month of hospitality for our families.  The community raised over $1,000 to cover hosting expenses.  While Masjidullah cannot physically host PIHN families, many of the members have also stepped up to volunteer when our families are staying in other congregations. The community warmly welcomed PIHN’s Executive Director , Rachel Falkove, at a recent Friday worship service. 

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The 2013-2014 Annual Report is Here!

Please take a moment to read our 2013-2014 annual report. It’s been a successful year, thanks in no small part to your continued support. We extend heartfelt appreciation to our PIHN network of staff, families, congregations, coordinators, volunteers, donors, and sponsors. You helped fill the pages of our annual report with great news. Read on to find out about our name change, our wonderful children and youth programs, and more!

2013-2014 PIHN Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

We are very pleased to present our 2012 Annual Report. If you haven’t seen it already, take a look!

“1991-2012, Congregation-Based Shelter and Transitional Services for Families: NPIHN at 21″
Thank you for all of your support along these past 21 years. Here’s to another 21 years and then some!

NPIHN’s “Octavia Video”

Have you been looking for the perfect way to describe NPIHN to your circle of friends and family? Or are you just curious about what it is we do? Well, we have the perfect video that captures the work of NPIHN. Created by friend to NPIHN, AnnMarie Avila, this short video features former guest Octavia as she talks about her experiences with NPIHN. Have a look and let us know what you think!

NPIHN from Annmarie Avila on Vimeo.