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What is the Fresh Start Recovery Scholarship Program?

Fresh Start housing and support programs are for adult men and women with a history of homelessness, chemical dependency, and/or varying degrees of behavioral health issues. Fresh Start is currently operating 265 housing beds and supportive services in collaboration with the Philadelphia and Coatesville VA Medical Centers and the Philadelphia Office of Addiction Services (OAS). In addition, Fresh Start provides transitional and permanent "self-pay" housing options. In collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Fresh Start also offers veterans’ mobile care coordination, outreach, and advocacy services.

4% - The national rate of recovery for someone without secure housing after 90 days of sobriety

78% - The national recovery rate for an individual with continued secure housing after 90 days

>90 - After 90 days, the Merakey Foundation offers scholarships to recovering individuals who require extended stable housing

The Proven Outcomes of Fresh Start Recovery Scholarships:

  • Treatment Adherence
  • Increased connection to primary care
  • Increased enrollment to education or employment
  • Opportunity and assistance in finding permanent housing
  • Reduced relapses in ER visits and incarceration

What Can You Do?

A $12.82 gift equals one day of stable housing for a person in recovery. Donate through the form below or text FRESHSTART to 91999 for a link to make a secure one-time donation.