Giving Compass’ Take:
• The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) identifies a program called Pathways to Housing PA that has shown measurable success in helping chronically homeless people in Philadelphia.
• Those looking to truly make an impact on the homeless crisis should look at this program and others vetted by organizations such as CHIP for funding opportunities.
The incidence of Substance Use Disorders (SUD), among the homeless is up to six times greater than that of the population at large. The instability of homeless life makes recovery from addiction more difficult, as many housing programs and other support services require sobriety as a condition of participation.
As a result, homeless individuals with addiction who can’t maintain sobriety remain on the streets, largely untreated, relying on costly public services like shelters, psychiatric facilities, and emergency rooms. Here’s one program that provides stable housing and supportive services without requiring sobriety.
Since 2008, Pathways to Housing PA has provided apartments for more than 430 of Philadelphia’s chronically homeless citizens. In addition to addiction treatment, clients can access services like primary care, mental health services, education, and employment. They also receive coaching on daily activities such as shopping for groceries and maintaining a household. Housing is used as a foundation for stability, rather than an incentive for sobriety.
Read the full article about the impact opportunity to address homelessness at The Center for High Impact Philanthropy.
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