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.
- We believe in the dignity and worth of every human being.
- 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.
- 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 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.
Octavia tells her story and experience with the Philadelphia┬áInterfaith Hospitality Network
A Newsworks.org piece on life in the NPIHN program