SERVICE APPROACHES

Since its founding nearly three decades ago, SELF has led the way in developing effective programming for Philadelphia’s homeless. We continue to identify innovative solutions to end homelessness and improve the delivery of services within the city’s emergency shelter system.

 

Social Determinants of Health

SELF programs use a comprehensive public health approach that takes into consideration the effects of Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) on overall participant outcome. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines SDOH as conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes.

 

 

 

Low Barrier

SELF uses a balanced low barrier approach as the foundation of its emergency housing programs to meet our participants where they are and to improve outcomes for each participant. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the low barrier approach ensures immediate and easy access to shelter by eliminating income and sobriety requirements and other policies that make it difficult for individuals to enter shelter, stay in shelter, or access supportive services.

 

 

 

 

Housing First

Housing First provides households at risk of or experiencing homelessness housing quickly without preconditions or service participation requirements. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, Housing First, “prioritizes providing permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness, thus ending their homelessness and serving as a platform from which they can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. This approach is guided by the belief that people need basic necessities like food and a place to live before attending to anything less critical, such as getting a job, budgeting properly, or attending to substance use issues.”

 

 

 

 

Person Centered/Trauma Informed Care

The National Coalition for the Homeless describes Trauma Informed Care (TIC) as an overarching structure and treatment attitude that emphasizes understanding, compassion, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care takes into account physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both clients and providers, and provides tools to empower individuals on the pathway to stability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harm Reduction

Since its founding nearly three decades ago, SELF has led the way in developing effective programming for Philadelphia’s homeless. We continue to identify innovative solutions to end homelessness and improve the delivery of services within the city’s emergency shelter system.

 

Harm reduction is a public health strategy that was developed initially for adults with substance abuse problems for whom abstinence was not feasible. Harm reduction approaches have been effective in reducing morbidity and mortality in these adult populations. In recent years, harm reduction has been successfully applied to sexual health education in an attempt to reduce both teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Programs using a harm reduction philosophy have also successfully lowered risky alcohol use. The target patient population and the context in which harm reduction strategies are delivered influence the specific interventions used. Health care practitioners (HCPs) who provide care to adolescents should be aware of and familiar with the types of harm reduction strategies aimed at reducing the potential risks associated with normative adolescent health behaviors.

 

 

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