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Family and Housing Services

Congreso's Family and Housing Services help promote family stability, and include housing counseling, financial literacy and family support services.

 
TIP (Truancy Intervention Program)

TIP provides support to children that demonstrate a pattern of truancy with a goal of increasing school attendance by identifying the underlying issues resulting in truancy. The program is designed to establish, restore, and strengthen bonds between families, schools and the community.

Services include:

  • Truancy Court Advocacy Session
  • Comprehensive intakes and individual goal assessment
  • Referral, advocacy and follow-up to appropriate social service agencies via intensive client management services

Eligibility

DHS referrals only.

School aged children and youth (10 to 17 years of age); students must be referred through the school district when they have eight unexcused absences or more with a previous pattern of truancy.

Location

2603 North 5th Street - Second Floor

Contact Person

Lidis Lugo, Truancy Coordinator - 215-291-6074, lugol@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Raul Monfort, Intervention Program Director - ext. 1407, monfortr@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Reception desk - ext. 1400

Aftercare Program

A supportive services program to children and their mothers who have recently been discharged from substance abuse treatment programs. The goal is to empower families to create and maintain self-sufficiency.

Services include:

  • Comprehensive assessment, intensive client management, and connection to community resources
  • Assistance with family reunification process
  • Monthly recovery support groups

Eligibility

HIPPA referral

Children (ages 0 to 18)whose mothers are coming out of addiction treatment facilities; referred by residential treatment facilities assigned to Congreso by DHS.

Location

Congreso - 216 West Somerset Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 - Lower Level

Contact Person

Program Manager - Ext. 1402 4th floor reception desk - ext. 1400

Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy Program

The Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy Program assists individuals to secure decent, safe, and sanitary housing via advocacy, counseling, workshops and education.

Services include:

  • First-time homebuyer counseling
  • Tenant and landlord counseling
  • Credit counseling
  • Rental/mortgage delinquency advocacy
  • Emergency Food and Shelter Services (EFSP)
  • HEMAP (Homeowners Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program: this program helps families who have a conventional mortgage and are more than 60 days behind in their mortgage payments. HEMAP offers two different loans to help the family become current and avoid foreclosure - 1) the non-continuing loan is for families who need just enough funds to become current on their mortgage payments. After receiving this non-continuing loan these families are usually able to make their regular payments plus the loan amount. 2) the continuing loan provides longer-term assistance, where clients may be eligible for up to 24 months of assistance.
  • Housing Retention Program (HRP): this program provides eligible clients with up to $1,500 in assistance toward rental, mortgage, or utility assistance
  • Housing Opportunities for People living With HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) - Rental Assistance: This is a rental subsidy program that helps clients with HIV/AIDS to maintain decent, stable, sanitary housing.
  • Housing Opportunities for People living With HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) - Housing Counseling: this program helps clients with HIV/AIDS to identify available resources that could assist them in a variety of goals including - moving, back rent, locating a unit, landlord tenant advocacy, the completion of applications like HRP, LIHEAP and Crisis, Weatherization, Direct Emergency Financial Assistance (DEFA), and the AACO Housing Application

Eligibility

Walk-in or referral. Walk-in hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 am until capacity is met. Fridays are for EMERGENCY only (i.e., crisis, shelters, domestic violence, shut off/no utility service, oil).

Eligibility differs for participation in different aspects of the Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy Program.

EFSP – the maximum income is 150% of the poverty level

HRP – a client must not have received rental assistance from FEMA, PERA, HRP or Turn in the last 12 months to be eligible. The client must also live in zip codes: 19121, 19124, 19132, 19133, or 19134. In addition, the income guidelines for this program is up to 252% of the poverty level.

HOPWA – low-income persons who are living with HIV/AIDS (referral type - HIPPA). Clients are referred to the rental assistance program by the city when slots become available. Clients who qualify for rental assistance usually contribute 30% of their income toward rental payments. The HOPWA Housing Counseling program is open to the general public

Location

Congreso - 216 West Somerset Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 - First Floor

Contact Person

Melissa Santiago, Manager Coordinator - ext. 1123, santiagome@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Main reception desk - ext. 1100

Family Social Services

Family Social Services is a family support program offering assessment and short-term case management for resource connection including:

  • Public benefits navigation
  • Legal and immigration issues
  • LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program)/Crisis applications

Eligibility

Open to anyone. To qualify for LIHEAP/Crisis the client must be at 150% of the poverty level.

Location

Congreso - 216 West Somerset Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 - First Floor

Contact Person

Ramona Aviles, Lead Intake Specialist - ext. 1112, ramonaa@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mercedes Almirall, Program Manager - ext. 1113, almirallm@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Main reception desk - ext. 0

Pre-Alternative Response Services (ARS)

Pre ARS serves families who will benefit from community-based supports aimed at addressing identified concerns which, if left unaddressed, could lead to child abuse, neglect and delinquency.

Services include:

  • Comprehensive assessment and linkage to services
  • Para-professional counseling with a focus on increasing family stability and well-being via client manager support services

Eligibility

DHS referral, walk-in, community referrals for families from Eastern North Philadelphia.

Location

Congreso - 216 West Somerset Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 - Fourth Floor

Contact Person

John Alicea, Pre ARS Coordinator - ext. 1429, Aliceaj@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Raul Montort, Director of Intervention Programs, ext. 1407, montortr@congreso.net
Enhancing Parenting Skills

Enhancing Parenting Skills provides parenting education in a group setting. The two curricula that are currently in use by this program are Freedom to Change and Raising a Thinking Child.

Freedom to Change focuses on family dynamics, children's developmental stages, and strong-willed behaviors. This program gives parents the practical tools to raise their children from ages 0 to 18, including prevention and intervention tools for inappropriate behaviors. One of the goals of this curriculum is to enhance parent-child relationships.

Raising a Thinking Child promotes healthy decision-making processes among families

Eligibility

Parents of children 0 to 18 years old; walk-ins or agency/program referrals welcome.

Location

Congreso - 216 West Somerset Street, Philadelphia, PA 19133 - Fourth Floor

Contact Person

Hildaliz Escalante, Program Manager - ext. 1430, escalanteh@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Kathy Rosario, Parenting Assistant - ext. 1405 rosariok@congreso.netThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

4th floor reception desk: ext. 1400