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January 9, 1986 | By Marc Kaufman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twenty homeless people and organizers of the Committee for Dignity and Fairness to the Homeless staged a sit-in yesterday at the city managing director's office to protest what they said was the city's failure to secure jobs for them at emergency shelters in Philadelphia. The group shouted, "We want jobs, not promises," for about 30 minutes outside the office of Assistant Managing Director Marion Reitz, who was out of town. Later, leaders of the group met with Managing Director James S. White for a half-hour to discuss what the protesters said were promises made by city officials to help homeless people get staff jobs at shelters.
NEWS
January 5, 1999 | ERIC MENCHER / Inquirer Staff Photographer
A homeless man, who declined to be identified, moved his belongings to a spot on 23d Street, just north of Market, yesterday. The city issued a "code blue" Thursday for the duration of the cold snap. When the wind chill falls below 10 degrees, extra teams are sent out to coax homeless people into shelters.
NEWS
January 8, 2004 | By Stephan Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With bitter cold weather forecast through the weekend - the overnight lows are expected to be in the teens - the city has instituted emergency procedures to move homeless people off the streets and into shelters. Special outreach teams are ready around the clock to assist homeless people, said Robert Hess, the city's deputy managing director in charge of special-needs housing. One recreation center in North Philadelphia will be used to provide overflow beds, Hess said, and a center in West Philadelphia could be opened over the weekend.
NEWS
February 11, 1993 | by Frank Dougherty and Kurt Heine, Daily News Staff Writers
Homeless people seized a vacant North Philadelphia building yesterday in a day of protesting that led to seven arrests and a nine-block march down Broad Street that snarled rush-hour traffic. The 75 protesters said they want to take the vacant four-story building on Broad Street just below Girard Avenue for a community life center - a place where perhaps 300 homeless people could sleep, learn, eat and share fellowship. Trouble is, somebody else owns the building. And doesn't seem willing to donate it, said Leona Smith, founder of Delaware Valley Union of the Homeless.
NEWS
July 24, 1992 | By Huntly Collins, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City officials are keeping homeless people with AIDS on the streets by unnecessary delays in spending more than $1 million in rental subsidies, an AIDS activist has charged. David Fair, executive director of We the People Living with AIDS/HIV, an advocacy group, said the city's foot-dragging threatened the lives of homeless people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). "The city has a new housing program for AIDS victims: sleeping in boxes in the subway, bathing in Penn's Landing, setting up house in MAC machine entranceways," Fair said.
NEWS
August 4, 1994 | By Susan FitzGerald, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Life on the streets is obviously tough. Now an extensive scientific study documents how deadly it can be. The study of 6,308 homeless Philadelphians found that in any given year a homeless person is 3 1/2 times more likely to die than someone who has a place to live. The research, published in today's New England Journal of Medicine, represents the first precise measurement of mortality among the homeless, comparing their death rates with those of people of similar age, sex and race in the general population.
NEWS
February 11, 1993 | By Kimberly J. McLarin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
About 75 homeless people and advocates for the homeless disrupted evening rush-hour traffic along North Broad Street yesterday after several members of a homeless organization were arrested for squatting in a vacant building in North Philadelphia. Police said four women and two men were arrested and charged with criminal trespass yesterday morning while inside the building at 925 N. Broad St. Police did not release their names. Eric Murdock, a member of the Delaware Valley Union for the Homeless, said the group took over the building - formerly the location for Food For Life, a nonprofit group that provides food and shelter to the homeless - Tuesday night after learning it was vacant.
NEWS
October 8, 1988 | By Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
The association of private shelters and boarding home operators "never had an agreement (among themselves) to evict homeless people," claimed their attorney yesterday, a week after 500 homeless were evicted from the city- funded private shelters. "The city panicked and took people out" of the shelters, said Obra Kernodle, attorney for the association of about 45 private shelter and boarding home operators. Kernodle said the city falsely accused the shelters of evicting homeless people last weekend when more than 500 were displaced during a contract dispute with the city.
NEWS
August 2, 2004
I'M WRITING in response to the recent Daily News article on violent vagrants. I can't believe for the life of me - being born and bred in this city that is supposed to implement brotherly love - that we can be so damned insensitive of our fellow men and women. Putting labels on unfortunate homeless people, most of whom are in this position through no fault of their own, does not take into consideration the feelings of the people it hurts. Instead of demoralizing homeless people, it's is time to take a page out of Sister Mary Scullion and Ed Speedling's book.
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