Formerly known as Travelers Aid

Families Forward Philadelphia (Families Forward) operates the city's largest privately run shelter with sixty-nine (69) private, family units at our residential facility and also supporting eighty (80) families in transitional and permanent family residential units throughout West Philadelphia. Families Forward is one of the few agencies in Philadelphia capable of housing the entire family, allowing both parents to be with their children during this time of crisis, and specifically designing programs to accept larger families and families with more acute issues.

We offer a full range of supportive services to achieve our mission to help homeless families become healthy, productive, and self-reliant.  Families Forward works closely with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Supportive Housing to help families transition back into the economic mainstream, obtain permanent housing, and lead healthy, fully-realized lives.  In addition to our continuum of housing supports, our programs include: intensive case management and tailored service plans, financial education, budget management and employment skills training, parenting support and education, counseling for families and individuals of all ages, and on-site access to health and dental care, and  educational programming for everyone in the family. We are also committed to leveraging the expertise of other high-quality community partners to assure our families have access to a comprehensive array of supports to help them rebuild their lives. We serve over 300 families annually, including over 500 children. 


United Way Donor Choice # 00117