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The mission of the Office of Homeless Services (Homeless Services) is to provide the leadership, coordination, planning and mobilization of resources to make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in the City of Philadelphia.

Homeless Services works collaboratively with more than 60 mostly nonprofit homeless housing and service providers, city, state and federal government entities to comprise Philadelphia’s homeless service system that provides emergency housing and services to people who are both homeless and at imminent risk of homelessness. It includes homelessness prevention and diversion, short and long-term rental assistance both with and without case management.


Housing retention, emergency assistance and response, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing are all important pieces of preventing homelessness. These programs provide support, outreach, and assistance to many who are at risk of becoming homeless. There are multiple programs in place for short-term housing and crisis support. These range from shelters to food distribution programs, as well as transitional housing and relocation services.