February 24, 2008 |
Karen Riggins, 41, had every intention of making the Army a career when she enlisted after graduating from Olney High School. She planned to stay at least 20 years. She made it to 15 years and one month. Riggins was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, as a staff sergeant, making maps for troops in the field. On Feb. 17, 2001, she was discharged for medical reasons. Asthma that began to develop 10 years earlier, after a stint in the Saudi Arabian desert, became more severe.
September 24, 2007 |
They're young fashion design students, and some dream of one day having their own line of clothing that's distinctive, stylish, and synonymous with their name. As for their class project, well, haute it was not. A first it may be, and a challenging one at that: a design that's distinctive, versatile and practical, but not so flashy it invites theft or broadcasts its wearer's situation. Vests for the homeless. "I really liked this. I didn't want to see the same old thing," said Megan Dennis, 29, instructor of the "special topics in fashion design" class at the Art Institute of Philadelphia in Center City.
March 22, 1990 |
The Delaware County Council has approved a $100,000 contract to provide housing for four mentally ill homeless people. The contract, with a Philadelphia firm called Horizon House Inc., will pay for apartment rentals and counseling for the renters. "The people have to be able to live unsupervised," said Susan Pesotki, who is in charge of the county's adult services department. A caseworker will visit each person every day and arrange for mental health treatment. The money comes from a federal program.
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.
July 27, 1989 |
When the activist group Delaware County Housing Now! was looking for someone to hold a banner during a news conference at the 69th Street Terminal in Upper Darby, two bystanders volunteered. Joe Mullen and Tony Smith, homeless men who stay in and around the terminal and sleep there when they can, got off the bench they habitually occupy and proudly held the ends of the banner, which called for people to come to an Oct. 7 Housing Now! march in Washington, D.C. "Homelessness is a vicious web. I'm stuck in it, and I can't get out of it," said Mullen, who added that he had stayed in the area of the terminal for the last four months.
October 14, 1992 |
A $2 million program to house 80 homeless men, women and children in three vacant buildings on the former Valley Forge General Hospital site in Schuylkill Township, Chester County, was announced by county officials yesterday. A $1.3 million grant awarded to the Chester County Housing Authority last week by the Department of Housing and Urban Development was the last major grant needed to finance the project, which could begin as early as October 1993, said Barbara Wilson, director of housing and community services for the county.
May 21, 2011 |
A weeklong survey of the city's homeless found 528 people living on the streets, slightly more than half of them described as "physically vulnerable and at increased risk of death. " The count was conducted by 250 volunteers, who combed city streets and parks this week from 4 to 6 a.m. compiling a name-and-photo database. Mayor Nutter hosted the volunteers Friday at City Hall and helped release the results of the survey. "The big-picture goal remains the same," he said.
April 12, 1986 |
Homeless people will be given priority in filling jobs at emergency shelters that do business with the city under an agreement negotiated by the managing director and advocates for the homeless. The agreement, which is being put into language that will be included in city contracts with the shelters, is expected to take effect July 1. "We want to give homeless people some special consideration when it comes to hiring in the shelters," Managing Director James S. White said last week.
July 19, 2000 |
Passers-by have to strain to see them at night. They huddle against cement walls, clutching tattered backpacks filled with junk: a baseball hat, tin cans, an old notebook, some spare change to buy their next Happy Meal at McDonald's. Thurman Murphy is one of them, homeless for 32 years and counting. Refuge for him is Love Park, underground SEPTA benches and wherever else he can get a night's sleep. Some nights, he is jolted awake by a nightstick on the bottom of his feet.
June 20, 1992 |
Responding to complaints that homeless people at SEPTA's 69th Street Terminal were panhandling and harassing passersby, Upper Darby officials ordered the removal of the wooden benches where the homeless congregated. "We hope it will cut down on the loitering there," said F. Raymond Shay, the township's chief administrative officer. The homeless used the benches, which were attached to a concrete retaining wall at the front of the heavily used terminal, for sleeping, eating and just hanging around.