[NEWS] Counting Philly's homeless and the problems that keep them on the streets | Project HOME

[NEWS] Counting Philly's homeless and the problems that keep them on the streets

 

Most nights of the year, Philadelphia' s homeless people are unnoticed, hidden beneath the city's surface in underground concourses, living in cars or melting into shadowy corners where no one looks too closely.

But in the frigid early morning hours of Thursday, about 300 volunteers fanned out from Broad Street Ministry to canvass the streets of Philly and count those who are often forgotten.

"At the count, you have to look. You can't turn away," said volunteer and former Project HOME worker Melissa Berkey-Gerard. In a city like Philadelphia, Berkey-Gerard said, it's easy to ignore people who are homeless. Wanting to see the situation first hand, she helped out with the midnight to 3 a.m. count.