Who We Are

Our Mission 

Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (PIHN) seeks to end family homelessness in Philadelphia by mobilizing congregational volunteers and community resources to meet neighbors’ emergency needs (shelter, food, and clothing); and by providing continued guidance and support to achieve self-­‐sufficiency in affordable housing.

PIHN promotes lasting solutions to homelessness by building relationships between caring volunteers and families who are homeless; and by advocating for public policies that support employment, access to education, and affordable housing opportunities.

Our Vision
PIHN envisions a world where all families have the opportunity to achieve and sustain independence in safe, affordable housing.
Guiding Values
• We believe in the dignity and worth of every human being.
• We believe that each person should have a safe place to call “home.”
• We believe that all families experiencing homelessness can achieve stability.
• We believe in helping people in need in a non-­judgmental way.
• We are deeply concerned about the poverty and injustice underlying homelessness in our communities.
• We believe in an action-­‐oriented approach to improve individual lives and promote systemic change.

Core Program Values
• Families should be able to stay together in emergency and/or transitional housing, regardless of age and gender configurations. Privacy is also important to family preservation.
• Families tend to do better when they can stay closer to familiar schools and support networks.
• Families’ basic needs must be met before focusing on self-­‐sufficiency goals.
• A trauma-­‐informed, holistic model enables each family member to heal and grow.
• Access to education, training and personal growth opportunities is essential to upward mobility, within and across generations.
• Access to continued follow-­‐up and support leads to long-­‐term success.

NPIHN from Annmarie Avila on Vimeo.

Octavia tells her story and experience with the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network


A Newsworks.org piece on life in the NPIHN program