The Center City District is involved in strategies to reduce the number of homeless living on downtown streets, while providing compassionate outreach, links to appropriate services and job opportunities.
Homeless Action Team
The CCD's Homeless Action Team (HAT) is a specially trained group of community service representatives (CSRs). HAT members encourage and assist homeless individuals to get into appropriate facilities where they can find shelter and necessary social services.
The HAT responds to calls from retail businesses and building managers and patrols Center City on a daily basis. In addition to the HAT, every CSR is trained to engage our homeless clients and offer them assistance in contacting the Outreach Coordination Center to help them receive services.
"Real Change" Campaign
The CCD's "Real Change" campaign encourages well-intentioned pedestrians to provide meaningful help to the homeless. Instead of giving handouts to panhandlers on Center City streets, ask a CSR for a tip sheet with information on services for the homeless and ways to make charitable contributions that can really help.
Partnering to Address Homelessness
The CCD partners with Philadelphia's Outreach Coordination Center to resolve issues of homelessness and coordinate needed outreach services. CCD also works with social agencies to provide job opportunities for formerly homeless individuals and other disadvantaged workers.