Strategies to reduce the number of homeless living on downtown streets, while providing compassionate outreach, links to appropriate services and job opportunities.
The CCD's Homeless Action Team (HAT) is a specially trained group of community service representatives (CSRs). HAT members encourage and assist homeless individuals to get into appropriate facilities where they can find shelter and necessary social services.
HAT responds to calls from retail businesses and building managers and patrols Center City on a daily basis. In addition to HAT, every CSR is trained to engage our homeless clients and offer them assistance in contacting the Outreach Coordination Center to help them receive services.
To address the significant increase in panhandling and homelessness on Center City sidewalks in the last several years, on April 23, 2018, the CCD funded and launched a six-month, sustained, focused and cooperative outreach program in partnership with Project Home and the Philadelphia Police. By pairing outreach workers and police, the goals are to help more homeless individuals come off the street and secure appropriate services, while ensuring that everyone complies with local ordinances regarding use of public spaces. More than a dozen major office buildings and hotels made significant contributions to support the effort. To learn more, visit the Center City District Foundation's Joint Outreach Program page.