October 14, 1987 |
HUDDLING UNDER BLANKETS, homeless people lie outside the State Office Building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets as employees arrive for work. About 50 people held a rally and a "sleep-out" Monday night to demand more housing for the homeless and medical care for the homeless mentally ill. According to Stephen Gold, attorney for the groups that staged the protest, the state has agreed to fund six residences for 150 mentally ill homeless people this...
January 9, 1986 |
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.
October 10, 2015 |
Odd things happen when someone drops an old couch onto the lush green lawn of the National Constitution Center. "It's like Friends ," one man cried, piling onto the cushions with his buddies. Others traced an invisible curved line with their steps, staying far from the couch and its tenders, waving away offers of handout cards. Some tourists on Independence Mall accepted an invitation to sit. Others shot cellphone photos. A few, touched by the effort, shared intimate details of their lives that they might have withheld if not for the public prodding of a worn, gray-and-blue sofa.
January 8, 2004 |
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.
July 6, 2007 |
For nearly two years, students, parents and staff at the Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School have handed out food and supplies to the homeless once a week on the sidewalk near JFK Plaza in Center City. But last Thursday, the city's new managing director, Loree Jones, showed up and told the group to move the program elsewhere. The city in recent months has begun to discourage outdoor feeding of homeless people along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in JFK Plaza. Veronica Joyner, the charter school's chief executive officer, said police showed up a short time later and ordered the group to disperse, prompting 13-year-old Karima Mims-DeWitt to fearfully ask: "Are we going to go to jail for giving food to the homeless?"
February 11, 1993 |
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.
July 24, 1992 |
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.
August 4, 1994 |
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.