May 4, 2011 |
FOR TOO MANY years, Robert Hayes was drowning in addiction and homelessness, unable to see that he had a unique voice, and that by using his voice to help save the lives of others, he could save his own as well. Last year, in the depths of his decades-long cycle of dependency to recovery to dependency again, Hayes was living at the city's Ridge Avenue shelter for homeless men. That's where he met the art facilitator, Alan Bell, whose mission was to peel back those layers of failure and depression and let Hayes' light shine through.
July 14, 1999 |
Just inside the entrance to the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a Center City shelter that provides beds and meals to homeless men, Seth Camm and Kurt Knobelsdorf set up shop. Casually unkempt in old, comfortable clothes, Camm and Knobelsdorf were indistinguishable from the rest of the men except, perhaps, for their youth and their belongings: an easel, a box of oil paints and brushes, and more than 40 portraits lined along the floor of the shelter's far wall. The faces looking out from the paintings belong to the men who walk through the doors.
July 13, 2012 |
Mayor Nutter's plan to take distribution of free food to homeless people out of the parks to the front of City Hall and, ultimately, indoors was blocked this morning by a federal judge. Ruling from the bench after two days of testimony and an hour of oral argument, U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn said he saw no evidence feeding homeless people outside City Hall was any better or more dignified than on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. "It seems to me that . . . the parks provide more dignity than the concrete apron outside City Hall," Yohn said.
August 11, 2012 |
A federal judge Friday reaffirmed his July 12 order blocking enforcement of Mayor Nutter's rule banning groups from feeding homeless people along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Within hours of the release of the 56-page opinion and preliminary injunction by District Judge William H. Yohn Jr., the Nutter administration filed notice of appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. At a hearing last month and in writing Friday, Yohn encouraged representatives of the city and four religious groups that challenged the June 1 ban to try to resolve the dispute for the good of the city and the homeless.
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.
December 19, 2012
As part of the city's effort to better coordinate outdoor free meals for homeless people, Mayor Nutter has created the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative, which includes many groups that give food to people in need. The collaborative grew out of a yearlong attempt to bridge the gap between groups that feed homeless people on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and those that want them to move indoors. Bill Golderer, the convening minister of Broad Street Ministry, said the collaborative was "positioned to drive our city toward new solutions to this vexing problem.
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.