Peoples Emergency Center Philadelphia

325 North 39th St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

(267) 777-5880 Visit Website
Class of Housing/Services: Non Profit Organization that provides housing assistance

General Information:
All of our residents come to us through the referral process of the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services. Community Resource Hotline: (267) 777-5477 ?Email: PEC emergency and transitional housing offers families and youth a safe, secure place to live while searching for permanent or permanent supportive housing.  All households receive assessments, case management, and access to on-site counseling, employment services and other programs.  PEC manages its own permanent housing, including both affordable and supportive housing rentals.  We are also dedicated to building mixed income rentals and homeownership projects as part of our neighborhood’s strategic plan. The Households We Serve Families and youth experiencing homelessness turn to PEC in order to secure housing and the income and resources to support it.  Often they have experienced ongoing trauma throughout their lives - child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, community violence, and the cycle of inter-generational poverty.  They lack stability in housing, education and social connections, as well as basic necessities.  They may also come to us with recent trauma, legal issues, security complications and medical issues in addition to housing instability and financial insecurity. Supports The families and youth living in our emergency and transitional housing receive food, clothing, linens, healthcare, school supplies, basic necessities, and books. Play spaces in all of our facilities create a welcoming environment where children can learn and thrive.  All of our buildings have a secured entrance and maintenance support.  Partnering agencies provide on-site medical services.  PEC’s counselor analyses intake assessments and makes recommendations to families and case managers on a plan to develop independence and stability as families take the next step in securing permanent housing. ? PEC offers several voluntary programs for women and youth with children experiencing homelessness including parenting education, computer skills, employment training, conflict resolution, counseling and lifeskills programs.  Youth access education supports and advocates in addition to the general menu of programs.   Emergency Housing ? At intake, family members are assessed for developmental delays, trauma history and, other underlying problems that may have led to their homelessness. Our emergency housing offers six dormitory rooms with common bathrooms, a cafeteria, visitor’s lounge, library, and computer lab. Transitional Housing ? There are 11 single family units in our main facility with private bathrooms, sharing meals in the on-site cafeteria.  These units provide privacy while still having ready access to case management and program staff that young people require.  This program is designed to help youth with families for independent living in an apartment in the community.   An additional 24 single family units at another location include a kitchenette and bathroom in each.  Families in these units also have access to certified case managers and programs tailored to address their issues. Permanent Housing PEC makes permanent housing opportunities available through development of local, vacant, properties into rental units and houses for sale by the PEC Community Development Corporation, our community development arm.  This strategy responds to community needs by building on neighborhood assets to develop affordable and mixed-income housing options, create wealth, and improve the quality of life for all West Philadelphia residents. Residents in PEC's permanent supportive housing maintain connections to case management, programming and resources, including guidance in running a household and being a good neighbor, assistance with finding, keeping, and advancing in a job, and follow-up services for health care, mental healthcare, childcare, and drug and alcohol problems.   Families who are unable to secure PEC permanent rental units are assisted with a search for and applications to the Philadelphia Housing Authority or market rate apartments in the community.


Helpful Definitions For Peoples Emergency Center Philadelphia:
Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.Supportive Housing Programs that provide an alternative living arrangement for individuals who, because of age, disability, substance abuse, mental illness, chronic homelessness or other circumstances, are unable to live independently without care, supervision and/or support to help them in the activities of daily living; or who need access to case management, housing support, vocational, employment and other services to transition to independent living.

How To Volunteer at Peoples Emergency Center Philadelphia:
Be a volunteer. Call Peoples Emergency Center Philadelphia at (267) 777-5880 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About Listings: does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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