February 24, 2015 |
Tanya Baker and Hyacinth King expected to strike out with Little Miss Betty Wilson, a 64-year-old homeless woman bundled up and seated alone on a subway concourse floor near City Hall on Sunday. It was sunny and above freezing for the first time in days, but the mercury was about to nosedive again in a mercilessly cold winter that has broken records for cold, if not for snow. Outreach workers, Baker and King had a job to do on another Code Blue day in Philadelphia, the 47th so far. They could have forced Miss Betty to go to a hospital for the night.
February 18, 2015 |
THE CITY moved at least 41 homeless people away from exposure to harsh weather from Sunday through yesterday, and more were expected to be relocated by today, authorities said. The Office of Supportive Housing assigned extra outreach teams to bring people in from the extreme cold. They were relocated either to shelters or to places they chose. Roberta Cancellier, the office's deputy director, said some stayed in "overnight cafes," where they got "coffee, soup and just a warm place to be. " One such "cafe" on Broad Street near Pine in Center City, which normally hosts up to 75 people, had 91 on Sunday night into yesterday - 64 men and 27 women, she said.
January 21, 2015 |
While a Code Blue was in effect, one of Burlington County's two homeless shelters was forced to close earlier this month when a shuttered factory erupted in flames and spread to other buildings in the neighborhood. After being closed for five days, the Extended Hand Ministries shelter in Mount Holly has reopened, but now must repair the siding that melted and buckled in the intense heat and the roof damaged during the blaze. Michael Gould, the round-the-clock house manager, said last week that the shelter had resumed providing beds for the six homeless adults who had to be evacuated after a fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. New Year's Day. They were provided with motel rooms while the shelter's electrical system was checked and the walls scrubbed to remove any chemicals emitted during the fire, he said.
January 10, 2015 |
The bitter arctic chill that produced the region's coldest day since last January was blamed for at least one death Thursday, Philadelphia police said. An unidentified 64-year-old woman was found dead early Thursday in a Southwest Philadelphia house where the inside temperature had dropped to 10 degrees, and the cold evidently contributed to her death, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said. With temperatures fighting to get out of the teens, homeless-services providers were working hard to protect the region's most vulnerable residents from bone-chilling cold.
January 9, 2015 |
Note : This story was updated Thursday morning. Area residents woke up Thursday to the winter's first single-digit day, as the temperature at 5 a.m. plunged to 9 degrees, with the winds at the time making it feel like minus 5. And besides the physical misery, the cold caused delays on commuter rail operations around the region - SEPTA, PATCO and NJ Transit RiverLine - and resulted in some packed trains. It hasn't been this cold since Jan. 24 of last year. But hang in there.
December 23, 2014 |
In the midst of last month's unwelcome arctic blast, animal-control officer Danny Rivera responded to South Philadelphia, where a dog had been left outside with no protection from temperatures that were expected to drop into the 20s. Another officer from the nonprofit Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia had visited the home on Titan Street three days earlier. Rivera was returning to make sure the dog was indoors. A woman led Rivera down into the basement to show that her tan-and-white pit bull was sheltered against the elements and appeared healthy.
January 8, 2014 |
The Philadelphia region prepared Monday for a deep freeze that was poised to deliver life-threatening cold and treacherous commutes. The mercury briefly rose to a practically balmy 60 degrees Monday morning in Philadelphia, then steadily fell throughout the day as the arctic air that has been tormenting the Midwest crept eastward. The forecast low was expected to be 7, and Tuesday's high was to inch up only to 12, according to the National Weather Service, which issued a windchill advisory for 12:01 to 5 a.m. The wind chill could plunge to minus-15.
November 26, 2013 |
The region was jolted by its first cold snap Sunday, prompting Philadelphia to declare a Code Blue emergency, hospitals to prepare for overnight patients, and purveyors of gloves and mittens to stock the shelves. Christmas tree vendors rejoiced. Temperatures were 30 degrees nippier than a week ago, making the chill feel extra frosty - and taking many by surprise. "When it gets cold this quickly, the homeless people who are living on the street don't always expect it," said Carol Thomas, director of outreach for Project HOME, a Philadelphia nonprofit that focuses on homelessness, "and that puts them at great risk.
January 25, 2013 |
Sam did not die Wednesday night. Despite the cold and the untold ounces of Hurricane Malt Liquor he drank; despite shivering uncontrollably in his bed of ragged blankets beneath I-95 in South Philadelphia - Sam survived. That's because a team from Project H.O.M.E. and the city's Department of Behavioral Health cajoled and begged the homeless 52-year-old native of Ho Chi Minh City to let them take him to the emergency room at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the midst of a code-blue alert under a frigid moon.
January 24, 2013 |
AS A SAX-PLAYING busker in Suburban Station ad-libbed his final bars, stores shuttered for the night Tuesday and two homeless-outreach workers scanned the underground concourse. The workers' goal: Get any people out on the streets - or those hiding out in Suburban Station to avoid the bone-chilling cold - into a shelter. The wind chill was projected to dip to a dangerous 5 degrees. "This is one of our busiest nights," said Stanley Crawley. "It's going to be Code Blue all week.