Housing services Point of Refuge Prevention Point’s respite started out housing between 24-30 people during the winter. Now we have two year- round respites with 40 beds a piece. Housing First Prevention Point has partnered with Pathways to Housing to help people who have been chronically homeless access permanent housing. To date over 50 people who are actively using drugs have received permanent housing
Other services… Philadelphia Charity Group prepares meals on Mondays (12- 1:30pm) Centro Familiar Adulam prepares hot & tasty free meals (Wednesday & Thursday 12-1:30pm) & Haverford College does breakfast Saturday Mornings from 9:30-10:30am. Sandwich distribution happen other times Community Behavioral Health (CBH)/Behavioral Health Special Initiative (BHSI) in the building three times weekly (Tuesday & Thursday, 10-2pm; Wednesdays 10-2) to provide more access to drug treatment for our clients. AIDS Law Project (ALS) facilitates a Legal Clinic twice a week (Tuesday & Thursday, 2-4pm) assisting clients with a host of legal concerns. PHAN assists clients with accessing public benefits (Wednesday 9-5pm).
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Benefits of Engaging Early and Often People feel more empowered with the ability for more informed decision making Opportunity to engage involve more individuals and organizations to assist with process Processes can move forward with better awareness and planning Individuals, organizations and government can save time energy and money
Strategies Engage communities through people and traditional organizations/institutions they use and trust. Building collaboration builds trust. Those already immersed in the community can help find solutions and often people feel more comfortable to join and/or participate Become a part of the community Meet communities where they are, letting them have a say on what they feel is important to tackle and offering services that help them while still being aware of the mission. More dollars towards prevention and more creativity towards creating sustainable programs that meet needs of these communities. Respect for other drugs of choice including crack cocaine and recognizing the need for education and outreach around it’s impact in the community Helping people have those tough conversations including talking about poverty, drugs, racism, sex work and differences more often Recognizing that harm reduction means different things for different communities and not sticking to traditional harm reduction theory to the point of missing opportunities for engagement and outreach. – BEING ADAPTABLE
Examples of adaptation: PPP offers programs that make sense In 2009, PPP formally created Project SCOPE, a syringe cleanup program that looks to create community ties with areas PPP serves, particularly the Kensington section of the city where impoverished people, including those of color, live. By showing the community our extra concern for syringe litter we hope to inform community members of PPP, its services and also be a more involved member of the community.
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