1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1610, Philadelphia, PA 19102

 About The VISTA Member:

I have always had a passion to give back to the community that I am in, in any way possible. I've traveled the world and have seen immense suffering in other countries, but it was only within the past few years that I have come to realize that the suffering doesn't end with America. Through my undergraduate studies at Arcadia University, majoring in International Studies and French Studies, I have developed a personal need to help the suffering of others in anyway possible, in America and internationally. VISTA serves as a great way to do this, and I cannot wait to get started.

Amara O'Connell

Kensington Transition to Housing First VISTA

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About The VISTA Position:

The opioid crisis is a complex health and social issue negatively impacting Kensington and surrounding neighborhoods in Philadelphia. As a result, there is an unprecedented, increasing number of unsheltered individuals living in encampments and spread through the community. The project will support efforts that increase access to safe and affordable housing for those experiencing homelessness and at imminent risk of homelessness. The VISTA will engage the public and bring interests and assets from within the community together with external stakeholders to create community-based solutions that build capacity and can be used as a model to increase future preparedness to address public health and societal issues in Philadelphia.