March 8, 2013 |
With across-the-board federal cuts that kicked in March 1, the Philadelphia Housing Authority calculated that it would lose $42 million in funding this year, equal to an 11 percent drop in its budget, the agency's interim executive director told employees in a letter this week. Kelvin Jeremiah wrote on Wednesday that the agency wanted to avoid layoffs and was trying to cut costs, find savings, and identify alternative sources of funding. Among the steps he instituted were: transferring some contracts for services to staff; implementing furloughs; freezing wages and eliminating bonuses; collecting debt and rent more aggressively; stepping up efforts to sell scattered sites; and suspending new rent subsidy vouchers.
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.
January 23, 2013
Fight at college led to shooting HOUSTON - A fight between two people led to a shooting Tuesday at a Texas community college, where a maintenance man was wounded in the crossfire, officials said. One of those involved in the fight had a student ID, and both were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition. The two involved in the fight are considered people of interest, Tello said.
January 4, 2013 |
Burlington and Camden Counties have issued a "Code Blue" weather alert advising residents to stay inside while temperatures remain in the 20s. Weather forecasters are expecting the cold stretch to persist until early next week when temperatures are predicted to rise above freezing. Today's alert in Burlington County is the third time the county issued a cold weather warning since November, said Ralph Shrom, Burlington County spokesman. "We try to get everyone inside," Shrom said.
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.
December 12, 2012 |
A couple of weeks ago, I challenged you to take a holiday giving pledge. I asked you to share how you were giving back, not just by writing a charitable check for that all-important year-end tax deduction - but what exactly are you doing to give of yourself? By chronicling simple acts of giving, my hope was that we could usher in a different language, one in which we move beyond tossing out divisive labels like makers and takers , and celebrate each other for simply being givers . Not to mention we'd be helping those in need during a time they need it most.
September 21, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The executive director of the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, New Jersey's largest homeless shelter, has been suspended after months of controversy over whether the shelter should remain in the tourism district of this resort, which is anxiously attempting to upgrade its image. Bill Southrey, 57, of Absecon, is paid $104,000 a year to run the nonprofit agency, where he has worked 33 years. About 3,500 people a year find temporary shelter and meals at the Bacharach Boulevard facility.
September 14, 2012
THE CITY has $105,052 in unclaimed money belonging to people who spent time in homeless facilities, according to a City Controller report. According to Controller Alan Butkovitz, this money is from 869 accounts that belong to homeless people who were in the shelter system in years past. Those people never claimed their cash. Butkovitz said that the city Office of Supportive Housing has been holding the money for too long and must send it to the city's unclaimed-money fund, which ultimately will forward it to the state.
September 7, 2012 |
Things are looking up, ever so slightly, at the city's tourism epicenter, where litterers and displaced homeless people have made a steep challenge out of keeping LOVE Park lovely. "It's actually been a little cleaner," said Albert Figlestahler, the city employee who arrives at 7 most mornings to tidy up the park. He wasn't sure what explained the minor improvement. "It's always been up and down," he said shortly after he began work one day last week. Help from the park's homeless denizens themselves and new "no loitering" signs posted by the city appear to have reduced the trash a bit each morning, Figlestahler said.