Philadelphia’s 100k Homes Campaign

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    Guest Host, Maiken Scott. Philadelphia just completed a Homeless Outreach survey as part of Outreach Week, a partnership with the national 100,000 Homes Campaign. 528 people were interviewed with the distinction of identifying who is the most physically vulnerable, giving them priority housing. The City of Philadelphia says about 51% of those interviewed were at the level of increased risk of death. This vulnerability index, a 34-item questionnaire that has being used in about 80 U.S. cities since 2008, was developed at Harvard University and has been implemented by our guest BECKY KANIS of Common Ground, who believes this system has helped to crack the code in chronic homelessness. The city approximates $30,000 public dollars per person are saved if a person with homelessness is housed. We’ll talk to DR. MARCELLA MAGUIRE, Director of Homeless Services for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health, about her expectations of using the 100,000 Homes Campaign to reduce Philly’s homeless population.

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