The process to to Re-envision Philadelphia's Homeless Assistance System continues with a public comment session on May 30.
The city's Office of Homeless Services and community participants spent much of the fall gathering data from input sessions, a charrette, a system map, and unit needs assessment. Since February, the Office of Homeless Services has worked intensively, with the help of volunteer committees and the Corporation for Supportive Housing, to synthesize that data and to clarify and distill what we learned and how it can direct our actions. OHS is in the final stages of articulating the community's vision and outlining a strategic framework for moving forward. A draft will be made publicly available the week of May 21st for public review.
PHS will hold a Public Comment session on May 30 from 10am to noon at 801 Market Street, in which it will provide an overview of the draft, devote time to community response, and lay the groundwork for its continuing collaborative efforts. Participants an register to participate now.
The process of narrowing down the recommendations into a document that both captures the essence of the input received, yet be concise enough to be actionable, has been a tremendous task. OHS Director Elizabeth Hersh said she is "very pleased with what we have learned, the degree of consensus in the recommendations, and the continued passion of our many partners to make homelessness in Philadelphia rare, brief, and nonrecurring."