Individuals and families experiencing homelessness face significant barriers to health, education, mental health, nutrition, and feelings of safety and security. Children experiencing homelessness are at higher risk of trauma and toxic stress, leading to poorer outcomes for social-emotional and cognitive development, which has far-reaching effects for our communities.
To experience homelessness is to experience much more than a lack of stable housing.
Regionally, homelessness is one of our most pressing challenges. Each night in the City of Brotherly Love, an average of 5,735 people are reported homeless, accounting for over 40% of Pennsylvania’s homeless population. We can do better.
On any given night in Montgomery County, we see up to 350 individuals who are homeless. In Monroe County, on any given night, there are 75 unsheltered homeless and over 150 sheltered homeless individuals.
Each year, RHD provides services and assists over 400 homeless households. We can solve homelessness in suburban counties with a little help from you.
Our Goals – together, by 2030 we will:
- Stabilize individuals by providing emergency assistance & food support
- Ensure that individuals receive & maintain stable housing
- Strengthen our coordination & outreach activities
- Prevent or shorten periods of homelessness
- Enhance access to benefits, job training and skill development