March 16, 2012 |
Opponents of Mayor Nutter's hard line on mass outdoor food handouts rallied Thursday to discourage city health officials from enacting restrictions on their particular form of charity. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall on Thursday afternoon, with volunteers serving food to the homeless and participants filming the police filming them. One minor scuffle led to an arrest. The spectacle preceded a Philadelphia Board of Health hearing regarding a new proposal, backed by city Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz, to require training and permitting for organizations distributing food to people outdoors.
March 15, 2012 |
Opponents of Mayor Nutter's new policy on mass outdoor food handouts rallied Thursday to discourage city health officials from enacting restrictions on their particular form of charity. Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Municipal Services Building across from City Hall Thursday afternoon, with volunteers serving food to the homeless and participants filming the police filming them. One minor scuffle led to an arrest. The spectacle preceded a Philadelphia Board of Health hearing regarding a new proposal, backed by city Health Commissioner Donald F. Schwarz, to require training and permitting for organizations distributing food to people outdoors.
March 15, 2012 |
Mayor Nutter on Wednesday announced plans to end the feeding of large numbers of hungry and homeless people in city parks, saying he wanted to provide indoor meals instead. The proposal is the latest volley in a long-running battle over how best to meet the needs of the city's many poor people that is played out on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Free meals are served at several outdoor locations throughout the city, but one of the largest occurs on the Parkway near the Free Library and Family Court buildings.
March 2, 2012 |
AT AGE 15, checking in at 6-6, TreVaughn Wilkerson is already the tallest member of his family by a good 2 inches. Luckily, his head is not in the clouds. "I know how lucky I am to have this height and to have talent as a basketball player," Wilkerson said. "I see a lot of tall people walking around, doing nothing with their lives - even, like, 6-9 homeless people - and it makes you wonder what went wrong, and why they didn't do their best with their opportunities. "It's a shame that stuff happens, but I know what I have and I plan to make the most of it. " Years from now, perhaps Wilkerson will think back to March 1, 2012, as the beginning of his emergence.
January 30, 2012 |
As outbound trains whisked commuters home at the end of a workday last week, dozens of others around the waiting area and hallways of Suburban Station had no plans to leave. An elderly Ukrainian man who spoke only broken English fished through a trash can, found a half-filled McDonald's cup, and took a sip. Another man who said he was from Cuba shuffled from one end of the station to the other, clutching a dirty blanket. A young man shouting with slurred speech sat at the top of the steps leading to a platform.
January 26, 2012 |
Dozens of volunteers carrying yellow federal forms fanned out Wednesday across Camden County - as many did all over New Jersey - to take a census of homeless people and refer them to such services as housing, medical care, and counseling. The state's annual, federally mandated Point-in-Time count of the homeless began at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and was to end at midnight Thursday - when Pennsylvania was set to begin its count. Maryanne Joyner, 48, was one of about two dozen individuals whom volunteers found at a "tent city" off Route 30 in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
January 1, 2012
The Occupy movement arrived in Philadelphia in October, taking over Dilworth Plaza for nearly eight weeks and airing grievances about unemployment, homelessness, and more. But as with other Occupiers around the country, their message was muddied: It never became clear what the protesters wanted or how they would get it. The movement could learn much from SISTER MARY SCULLION, the tireless and effective advocate for the homeless whom the Editorial Board has named The Inquirer's 2011 Citizen of the Year.
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.
December 20, 2011
PHILADELPHIA Homeless Day Homeless Memorial Day, an annual event commemorated in more than 150 U.S. cities and counties, will be held at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow outside the Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St. The event's theme is "Remember, Hope, and Heal. " It will feature a ceremonial reading of the names of homeless and formerly homeless people who died in the past year. This year's speakers will include homeless advocate Sister Mary Scullion, and other community and religious leaders and several formerly homeless people.
December 13, 2011 |
WHAT HAPPENED to the homeless people who were evicted from under Interstate 95 in Port Richmond last week? The Daily News touched base with four of them yesterday. Three were staying in shelters last night, and a fourth has been living temporarily in Kensington. After going to Washington last Tuesday with Occupy Philly and Fight for Philly folks to rally for the extension of unemployment insurance, these four and others returned to Philadelphia on Friday. Paul Klemmer, 53, an educated man who said he had dropped out of college, said he's still working toward creating a commune with like-minded people.