New Lents Campus
We did it!
We now proudly own a new property in Lents! Our entire village came together and generated $3.3million in just five months to purchase this campus that will shelter 26 families at a time in private rooms, expand our homeless prevention and life skills programs, and has room to develop affordable housing units in the future.
We are so grateful for the hundreds of people, foundations, and businesses who stepped up and said, "Enough is enough - we will not accept family homelessness as normal!" Your contributions and support will end homelessness for thousands of kids and their parents. Thank you!
Trauma Informed Design
Over the summer, PHFS is working to remodel our Lents Campus so we can welcome families this fall. Using a Design Thinking Process, PHFS is engaging staff and families who have stayed in our shelters in designing our new space. We are focusing on trauma informed space design and color palette, and our driving principles are to build dignity, restore power, and promote autonomy. Our aim is to value every individual in our space.
This expansion will allow us to:
Increase our capacity in shelter from 8 families a night to 26 families a night.
This quadruples the number of families who now have a safe, warm shelter that will change their lives.
Provide 24-hours of continuous service for families. No longer will families have to get out the door with all their kids by 7:30am. Families will each have their own, private room that they will have access to 24-hours a day with constant staff support.
Be closer to the communities where families actually live: the east side. Families have to travel an hour or more on public transportation from our downtown shelters to school, work, and daycare on the east side. Then they have to travel back downtown for shelter, life skills classes, and retention resources. Our families want our services to be closer to them.
Bring all of our staff under one roof, which results in greater efficiencies. Currently, PHFS hosts our programs between four locations – three shelters and an admin office. Having all of our staff together cuts down on quadruple rent, phone, internet, and office supply bills. Plus, it makes it easier to collaborate when we’re just down the hall from our teammates rather than 8-10 blocks away.
Implement trauma informed programming and other national best-practices. Families that experience homelessness suffer from trauma in many ways. PHFS helps the families heal from this trauma with a special program focused on building dignity, restoring power, and promoting autonomy. With a building that we own and are the sole occupier, PHFS can implement best practices that end the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Own affordable housing. We know the solution to homelessness is helping families move into housing. With this purchase, PHFS acquires eight units of housing. At first, we’ll run these as shelter and then transition them to permanently affordable housing in the Lents neighborhood.
And there’s room for growth. We plan to build 30 additional units of permanently affordable housing on the back parking lot. PHFS invites agencies to co-locate their services in the Lents Center so we can offer wrap-around services in mental health, addiction, childcare, employment, and healthcare.