Driving Change

PEC acts with and on behalf of youth and families with children who are experiencing homelessness to advocate for urgently needed public policy changes. We use the following tools to promote policy change:

Leadership through community organizing. PEC uses a community organizing model to unite local agency leaders to achieve common policy goals and to advance affordable housing measures.  We work with:

  •             Family Service Provider Network of Philadelphia

  •        Children's Work Group

  •             Homeless Action and PA Provider Netowrk

  •        Philadelphia Association of Community Development Organizations

  •        National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

  •        The Bassuk Center

Promoting positive programs supported by research and direct service trends. PEC gets involved in the key issues affecting homelessness, including the funding for the McKinney Vento programs, and the well-being of babies, children, youth and parenting youth who experience homelessness, and more.

Communications.  PEC manages an extensive public policy communications strategy that includes the publication of policy briefs and analyses, testifying at hearings, facilitating the Growing Up Homeless forum series, and supporting a Visiting Scholars program featuring research experts.  These communications are designed to improve how the system understands the metrics of homelessness and how to best institute and understand promising practives.

Recent Successes:

  •             Enactment of Act 143, mandating that early intervention services be offered to all young children ages 0-3 who are experiencing homelessness anywhere in Pennsylvania

  •            Development of consensus on issues for Philadelphia's new Mayor

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

  •         Implementation of a community-based evaluation designed to identify challenges to permanent supportive housing programs; made recomendations for improvements

  •        Leadership in advocacy trips to Harrisburg and Washington, DC

  •        Coordinated creation of FSPN three-year strategic plan

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