January 9, 2015 |
BY NOW, the Hub of Hope, Project HOME's seasonal social-service center for the homeless in Suburban Station, should be buzzing with men and women wanting to see a case worker or a doctor or just get a short reprieve from the cold with a tepid cup of coffee or a pair of socks. But in a cruel irony, the Hub of Hope is homeless. In November, the landlord who had donated the space for the past three winters sent word that he would no longer be able to "due to complaints from tenants and brokers.
October 23, 2014 |
If art comes from pain, then James Webster is Michelangelo. He's suffered from depression, alcoholism, and stroke. He's been arrested for assault, divorced by two women, and beaten with bats by gangs, and he lived homeless in North Philadelphia for a year. Through it all, he's painted, taken photographs, and created collages, always understanding that making art was an answer to smoothing out an unruly life. Troubles "have been fuel for art," said Webster, 63, sounding like a blues musician who is alchemist enough to turn misery into music.
June 8, 2014 |
Five years ago, I moved abroad to begin my graduate studies in the international city of Brussels, Belgium. Though I had traveled before, I always did so surrounded by close friends, staying in hostels full of Americans, people familiar with the East Coast. But in 2009, I made my home in a foreign country and entered a world of expatriates. Along with the challenges presented by language barriers and cultural confusion came one unexpected quirk - having to explain my hometown. The business of choice in Brussels is politics - European Union politics.
March 6, 2014 |
Concerned about reports that a faith-based organization wants to create a 300-bed facility in the township to serve Burlington County's homeless population, about 120 residents turned out for Tuesday's Lumberton Township Committee meeting in hope of sharing their views and learning more. But after Mayor Lew Jackson advised the crowd that the township had received no formal application for the project, and Solicitor Michael Mouber cautioned committee members about voicing opinions on a project they might have to vote on, only a few residents stepped to the microphones.
March 5, 2014 |
Saying Burlington County needs to better serve the hundreds of homeless people within its borders, a faith-based group wants to create a 300-bed residence and training center for them in Lumberton - and some residents who live near the site have begun to organize in opposition. To be called Community of Hope, the facility would be on a former Nike missile base at Municipal Drive and Eayrestown Road. In recent years, the five-acre site was home to the Midway School, which has closed. "We started studying the question of what Burlington County needs five . . . years ago," Kent Pipes, president of the Affordable Homes Group in Westampton, said Monday.
February 20, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY They may not have a permanent roof over the heads, but as of Tuesday, Atlantic County's homeless at least have a portal. "This program will give a single point of entry - a doorway - for homeless individuals and families in Atlantic County to find the help and services they need," said Ann Thoresen, director of the Atlantic Homeless Alliance, which opened Tuesday inside the county office building on Atlantic Avenue. Thoresen said finding help - especially as more jobless people join the ranks of the homeless in a faltering regional economy - is a sometimes tangled and difficult process.
October 14, 2013 |
FOR EIGHT YEARS, Anita Howard has worked at a job she loves, helping homeless people move from shelters into apartments they can call their own. "I love this agency," Howard said of her work with Methodist Services in Wynnefield. "It does so much for so many people. We serve 2,600 women, children and families a year. " The agency also provides adoption and foster-care services. But when it came time for Howard to go from renting a house to owning her own home, Howard realized she needed help and found the counseling services at the West Oak Lane Community Development Corp., which is part of the larger Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp.
July 11, 2013 |
IN LOGAN SQUARE, across from the Family Court building, at 18th and Vine streets, nearly 100 people clutched empty Styrofoam takeout boxes while waiting in line for volunteers to serve them meatballs, fruit, chips and water. Some used the boxes to fan themselves in the hot morning sun. Craig Stroman sees a variation of this scene every Saturday morning. He started We Feed the Homeless Philly three years ago after a powerful epiphany during a morning commute. Since then, he has managed to cement a large volunteer base and some big-name support, despite official opposition to his and other groups' outdoor feeding programs.
March 24, 2013 |
The 2013 annual nationwide count of homeless people, taken on the night of Jan. 30 and 31, found fewer individuals in Chester County and more in Bucks County than were tallied in January 2012. Comparable figures for the nation, as well as for Philadelphia and for Delaware and Montgomery Counties, are not yet available, officials there said this week. The 625 people counted in Chester County this year compared with 666 found there in 2012. But the 476 recorded in Bucks County on the same January night this year were more than the 422 in the 2012 survey, due to a change in how information is gathered.
March 8, 2013 |
With across-the-board federal cuts that kicked in March 1, the Philadelphia Housing Authority calculated that it would lose $42 million in funding this year, equal to an 11 percent drop in its budget, the agency's interim executive director told employees in a letter this week. Kelvin Jeremiah wrote on Wednesday that the agency wanted to avoid layoffs and was trying to cut costs, find savings, and identify alternative sources of funding. Among the steps he instituted were: transferring some contracts for services to staff; implementing furloughs; freezing wages and eliminating bonuses; collecting debt and rent more aggressively; stepping up efforts to sell scattered sites; and suspending new rent subsidy vouchers.