SELF Inc., is a leader in the social services field.  We spearhead roundtable discussions, candidates’ forums, and other programs that allow participants and providers to voice their opinions and gain knowledge about innovations in service delivery to individuals experiencing homelessness.   With more than 30 years of experience providing emergency housing, food, mental health-related, and treatment-related services to individuals experiencing homelessness, we believe it is our duty to share what we’ve learned.

SELF, ODAAT and Goods and Services Hold Important City Council Candidates Forum

 

SELF Inc. partnered with One Day At A Time (ODAAT), and Good and Services to host the Voices of the Homeless Philadelphia City Council Candidates Forum.  During the 2019 municipal election cycle, there had been little discussion about homelessness. SELF knew in order to raise homelessness and issues related to homelessness as a topic in the election, SELF, and other providers for populations on the margin would need to bring the issues to the forefront.

 

On April 9, 2019, SELF President and COO Mike Hinson moderated the forum which attracted 22 city council candidates including four incumbents and more than 150 attendees.  Audience members and panelists with lived experience shared their stories and asked poignant questions to council candidates who, in return, shared their solutions and insight.

 

“Why is it that people who don’t have a mental health or substance issue don’t get housing,” said Tiffany Wilson, a participant at Susquehanna House.   Candidates said there is a lack of affordable housing. But she’s heard that before, “That doesn’t answer my question,” she later said citing the struggle that single adults in emergency shelters have to get matched with housing.

 

People raised great questions. Some candidates had thoughtful solutions, others did not. What was clear is homelessness and the lack of strategic plans to address poverty and the effects of social determinants of health, particularly education and criminal justice reform, will be important issues when voters go to the polls. People experiencing homelessness and their advocates vote!

SELF, ODAAT and Goods and Services Hold Important City Council Candidates Forum

ADVOCACY & THOUGHT LEADERSHIP

SELF AWARE Roundtable Discussion: Serving Medically Fragile Participants

Medical Fragility

After recognizing an increase in patient dumping--which occurs when hospital staff attempt to drop of patients with open wounds, those who are bare responsive, or display other physical conditions that require medical attention to emergency housing facilities-- SELF President & COO initiated discussions with the City of Philadelphia Office of Housing Services to ensure appropriate care for participants with medical fragility. In spring 2018, SELF held roundtable discussion to raise awareness about medically fragile participants and to offer solutions to the challenges providers face when serving these participants.

In spring 2018, SELF held roundtable discussion to raise awareness about medically fragile participants and to offer solutions to the challenges providers face when serving these participants.

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