Driving Change

PEC acts with and on behalf of families who are experiencing homelessness to advocate for urgently needed public policy changes by: 

  •             Managing extensive public policy communications strategy that includes the publication of policy briefs and analyses, testifying at local, state, and federal hearings, and collaborations with local and national research experts.

  •             Advocating for issues including McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance, Homeless Assistance Program, and other key local, state, and federal strategies supporting strategies to end homelessness.

  •             Organizing regional and statewide advocacy groups to build the capacity to advocate effectively, not only for PEC, but for agencies throughout the region.

  •         Providing leadership to the Family Service Provider Network, the Homeless Action and PA Provider Network, the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, the Children’s Work Group, statewide task forces on education issues, and more. 

We can point to the following successes:

  •             Built a voice for families and children who experience homelessness. 

  •            Created the first report on homeless children.

  •         Worked with City to institutionalize trauma-informed training curriculums for all providers.

  •         Worked with City to expand the Ages and Stages developmental delay screenings for all children ages 0-5.

  •         Developed the first ever art contest in the School District of Philadelphia with the theme of youth homelessness.

  •         Worked with the White House to write a new “leave policy” into welfare law that provides working mothers labor standards shared by all workers.

  •           Advocated for housing vouchers for homeless families that led to more than 700 families gaining permanent housing.


One Step Away featured an article on PEC’s youth homelessness study.
One Step Away featured an article on PEC’s youth homelessness study.
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