Transformational Housing

Our goal is to ensure our families can find affordable housing in mixed-income communities upon leaving the shelter.

One of PIHN’s primary goals is to ensure that the families we support are able to find affordable housing in mixed-income communities upon leaving the shelter.  Through our transformational housing program, we offer affordable housing opportunities to our families, providing them extensive assistance to ensure they can consistently pay rent and maintain a good credit.

Through this, we hope to prepare families to become permanent homeowners or renters in the neighborhoods of their choice within 3 to 5 years. Our opportunities include:

  • Property Rehabilitation: We work on rehabilitating donated or purchased residential properties in Northwest Philadelphia, a safe, mixed-income neighborhood located close to our support network. Upon completion, we lease the properties to eligible families that have left our congregational-based shelter setting.  We currently have two such properties
  • Rental Subsidy Program: PIHN provides substantial rental subsidies for up to three years to eligible families that have left our congregational-based shelter setting. The subsidies supplement monthly market-rate rental fees that families pay to Northwest Philadelphia landlords participating in our program. Landlords have the assurance of getting responsible tenants, backed by the supports of PIHN’s extensive network of resources. We are currently providing subsidies for three families.

Our organization is always pleased to consider properties in need of rehabilitation for our next volunteer project and to discuss opportunities with interested landlords.

For more information about our transformational housing program, please contact Keyonnee Thalia, PIHN Director of Family Services at 215-247-4663 x139 or at keyonnee@philashelter.org.