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SEPTA Partners in 'Hub of Hope' for Homeless

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) joined partners from Project HOME, a local social service organization, and the city of Philadelphia to open the Hub of Hope, a permanent facility where homeless residents can find vital services and care, at ceremonies Jan. 30.

The 11,000-square-foot facility is located in Center City Philadelphia, near entrances for SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway, Market-Frankford subway-elevated line, trolleys and Regional Rail Suburban Station. The city owns and maintains the property, but SEPTA engineers designed the facility and in-house employees and contractors completed construction.

The permanent location of the Hub of Hope replaces a 150-square-foot temporary facility in a Suburban Station storefront that operated during the past six winters. Project HOME staff and volunteers provide enhanced physical and behavioral healthcare, counseling and other social services. The new center also includes food, showers and laundry facilities.

Hub of Hope is the first U.S. resource facility for the homeless created by a partnership among a social services agency, public transit agency and municipality.

Cutting the ribbon at the new Hub of Hope, from left: SEPTA Chairman Pasquale T. Deon Sr.; Jon Bon Jovi, whose Soul Foundation helped support the facility; Sister Mary Scullion, president and executive director, Project HOME; Philadelphia City Council President Darrel L. Clark; SEPTA employee Solomon Frazier; SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel; and Project HOME benefactor Leigh Middleton.

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