SCOPE Impact

Since 2007, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs (HUD) requires that local Continuums of Care (CoCs) conduct an annual point-in-time (PIT) count of people experiencing homelessness. SCOPE has been able to gage its impact through the implementation of PIT counts and monthly progress reports, which measure the level of engagement with the vulnerable populations.

An observational PIT count was conducted in January 2022, revealing a total of 562 individuals taking shelter on SEPTA’s systems. A similar PIT count was completed in February 2023, identifying 363 individuals. Based on these results, there was a 35-percent decrease of individuals taking shelter within SEPTA’s systems, due to the implementation of the SCOPE program. PIT counts will be conducted throughout the year to measure the impact of the SCOPE program and monitor the changing number of individuals experiencing homelessness within SEPTA’s systems.

Additionally, outreach teams deployed throughout the system engage with the vulnerable populations, track their interactions and record their plan of action. Monthly progress reports have been measuring SCOPE’s impact by recording the number of engagements, referrals, resource distributions and “warm hand-offs.”

CountyUnsheltered Count 2022Unsheltered Count 2023
Bucks00
Chester01
Delaware9541
Montgomery1916
Philadelphia437279
Trenton TC1126
Totals562363
The annual point-in-time count for 2022 and 2023 for SEPTA’s homeless population.
SCOPE efforts have helped to decrease homelessness on the system by 35%.

SCOPE’s Progress, January 2024

10,881
Engagements

In which an individual was guided off SEPTA’s system and possibly into services.

649
Referrals

Where individuals were referred for mental health, drug or alcohol treatment, shelters, or other social services.

162
Warm Hand-Offs

In which SEPTA outreach teams physically connected a vulnerable individual with a social service provider.

20
Narcan Deployments

Narcan is a treatment that reverses an opioid overdose. With opioid overdoses on the rise in Philadelphia, this is essential work.

217 Smokers Stopped*
341* Number of Smokers Engaged

SEPTA strives to provide a smoke free ride for passengers. All individuals seen smoking are asked to stop for the duration they are on SEPTA property.