December 25, 2011 |
For more than a decade, James W. Ray was trapped in a fog of drugs and mental illness. In and out of hospitals and emergency rooms, he sometimes landed in halfway houses or jail, one step from the streets. He told anyone who would listen that he was a rich man. That his family once had a 110-room mansion with masterpieces by Rembrandt and Renoir, and ancestral portraits by John Singer Sargent. That his great-granddad owned a racetrack in Miami. Nurses and caseworkers nodded politely while jotting down observations like "delusions of grandeur" and "inflated self-worth" in his records.
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.
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 14, 2012 |
Saying he found no evidence that feeding hungry and homeless people on the City Hall concourse was better than on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, a federal judge Thursday blocked enforcement of Mayor Nutter's ban on the distribution of free meals in city parks. "It seems to me that . . . the parks provide more dignity than the concrete apron outside City Hall," said U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr. "It doesn't strike me that City Hall is an acceptable option. " Yohn said a more comprehensive, written version of his ruling would be filed later.
July 21, 2011 |
All you have to do is walk around City Hall to know that Philadelphia has a homeless problem that isn't going away. Dilworth Plaza, LOVE Park, Market Street East, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway - the ranks of wandering and destitute men and women, many addled by mental illness, addictions, or both, are visible and rising. On July 5, workers for the Center City District counted 30 people panhandling during the day, plus an additional 89 individuals who seemed to be living unsheltered in the heart of the city.
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.