Project HOME

Community Development Associate

Project Goal:

  • Implement housing recommendations to develop more rental and ownership housing in the neighborhood and to assist in community engagement activities related to the housing development and other physical or land use activities that may be planned for Project HOME owned properties in the neighborhood.

    For example, we are working with an urban farm that is starting in the neighborhood (on Project HOME owned land) and plan to collaborate on upcoming events to involve our existing residents and those who we serve in looking at wellbeing factors related to a healthy community.

  • Agency Information
  • Website
  • Agency Mission
    The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society.  We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.    Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.    Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy.  An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.    Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.
  • Address  1515 Fairmount Ave
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Total number of Agency Staff Members  350
  • Agency Budget   $22,000,000


  • Job Description
  • The fellow’s duties and responsibilities:
  • Assist in community engagement related to affordable housing in the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood and with the RCO.
  • Assist with planning event(s) that will bring together neighbors living in the community and Project HOME residents and staff, such as event related to new urban farm that is locating on Project HOME property.
  • Assist in implementation of Project HOME’s 2016 housing needs assessment for the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood, including planning and predevelopment of small scale rehab and infill affordable housing development.

  • Skills/qualifications a fellow should have to succeed in the position:    
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong computer skills and ability to work in Microsoft office and Publisher or related program.
  • Some familiarity with and experience in living or working in low income communities and with culturally, racially, and economically diverse populations.
  • Community Need
  • Specific community need that the Philly Fellow will address:

    Project HOME’s St. Elizabeth Community Center (SECC) is located in the 19121 zip code and is at the center of the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood. The neighborhood encompasses part of the Sharswood Blumberg Choice Neighborhood (south of Cecil B. Moore Ave between N 24th Street and N 18th Street) and also north of Cecil B. Moore to Diamond Street, and west of the Temple University main campus. The area is experiencing significant growth and is a neighborhood that has historically had a strong community presence with active block captains. Nearly 39% of families in the 19121 zip code area fall below the poverty level, the second highest rate in the City of Philadelphia. There is a continued need for affordable rental and ownership housing in this neighborhood (2016 Consolidated Plan). Project HOME current has located in the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood: a federally qualified health center (FQHC), which is the Stephen Klein Wellness Center that opened in 2014; our Honickman Learning Center (HLC), which has been operating for 12 years; employment programs at SECC; and approximately 60 units of affordable housing (Project HOME total of 665 units of housing). Given the health care, education, and employment services we provide in the neighborhood, we continue to assess the need to link these services with housing and to look at housing as a social determinant of a healthy community. Our current Philly Fellow in FY 2017 is assisting with a survey of the neighborhood as part of a housing planning initiative Project HOME has undertaken with the assistance of Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) consultants.

  • How the agency addresses this need, and how the new capacity created by this fellow will help alleviate the problem:

    The new Philly fellow will help to build on the current work of assessing housing needs and will assist in implementing and involving the community in the planning of a small scale infill affordable housing development in the blocks immediately surrounding the SECC. Project HOME and the Philly Fellow will be working closely with the St. Elizabeth’s Registered Community Organization (RCO) to involve the neighborhood in the housing development process and other community building activities that will involve both Project HOME residents and staff and other members of the community.

    The community is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The newly formed RCO is struggling with existing abandoned structures that are problem properties and threaten community safety, and also with related gun violence and other crime in the area. The RCO is addressing issues by working closely with the local police district and other local organizations. Additional affordable housing in the neighborhood, which eliminates some of the existing abandoned structures by demolition, and more investment will help to strengthen safety and other outcomes in Project HOME’s existing programs related to health care, education, and employment.

  • The organization’s experience operating anti-poverty programming of this nature:

    Project HOME is one of the leading non-profits in the country addressing the needs of the homeless population and low income individuals at risk of homelessness. Project HOME has developed 640 units of housing in Philadelphia and operates 665 units. Its work continues to garner support from a variety of public and private funders. Project HOME was recognized as a national model by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and for almost 30 years Project HOME has been providing both housing and social services. Since 1991, Project HOME’s offices have been located at 1515 Fairmount Avenue and in the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood. Project HOME now has a wide network of housing with supportive services and has been actively engaged with the community through the SECC and Honickman learning center for the last 20 years.


  • Fellowship Logistics
  • Worksite: St. Elizabeth’s Community Center (SECC) 1845 N. 23rd Street, Philadelphia 19121

    Supervisor: Janet Stearns, VP Real Estate Development

    Office: Fellow will share
    Desk: Fellow will have their own
    Computer: Fellow will have their own

  • Fellow orientation plan:

    Our HR department conducts orientation for new staff and the Philly Fellow is included in department meetings and staff meetings and encouraged to attend outside training opportunities. 

  • Name and title of the fellow’s immediate supervisor:
    Janet Stearns
  • Plans for supervision of the fellow:

    The VP of the real estate department is currently lead supervisor and delegates some supervision to the real estate program manager who will be working on housing development in the St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood in the coming year.

  • Will fellow be working at the same address listed above?
  • The approximate percentage of time the fellow will work…
  • Independently  50%          
  • As a team member in a group setting  50%
  • As a team leader in a group setting  0%
  • Will the fellow be expected to travel as part of the position?  Yes
  • If so, how often and where?

    Primarily within 19121 zip code, and in the north central Philadelphia and St. Elizabeth’s neighborhood (described below); and to other Project HOME properties within Philadelphia.

  • Will the fellow need the following to carry out the position…
  • A driver’s license?  Yes
  • Their own car?   No