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.
December 12, 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 Monday. Three were staying in shelters Monday 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 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.
December 8, 2011 |
May's street survey of homeless people in Philadelphia - the most extensive ever - was triage to determine who needed help first. The findings were Dickensian: 528 people were living on the edge in parks, stairwells, doorways, alleys, and SEPTA concourses. They were encamped under the Market-Frankford El and I-95 overpasses. Of those, 88 percent - or 466 people - had mental-health illness, addictions, or both. In addition, 64 elderly men and women who were holed up in shelters were physically vulnerable and at increased risk of death.
December 6, 2011 |
THE SMALL community of homeless people who were camped under the Interstate 95 overpass in Port Richmond packed up and left yesterday morning, as ordered to by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Over the past week, their names and faces had become known as they shared their stories. They included Maryanne Omelchuk, 47, who said she expected to go back to sleeping "underground" near 15th Street in Center City. This morning, she planned to board a bus with Occupy Philly and the Fight for Philly coalition to head to Washington to partake in three days of rallying at an Occupy protest, expected to draw thousands from around the country.