By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Paris fashion week may have just ended, but Philadelphia’s Project HOME showed off its own high style collection Thursday outside of its Homespun Boutique in Fairmount.

“Our model is wearing a beautiful evening gown.”

Who thinks fashion when they think homelessness? That was exactly the point of the fashion show, according to Scarlett McCahill, who runs Project HOME’s social enterprises, which put its residents to work.

“It shows a fun side. People think, ‘homeless, that’s a downer.’ Wait a second. Solutions to homelessness: That’s phenomenal,” McCahill said.

So staff and residents showed off the collection available at Homespun, which sells art and crafts made by the residents, as well as new and used clothing.

Sales associate David Brown modeled a tuxedo, donated by Boyd’s, on sale for $50 at the boutique.

“What we’re trying to do here is end homeless, be the first city to end homelessness and that’s what this boutique’s about. When you donate here, you’re helping save the homeless,” Brown said.

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