[NEWS] Targeted homeless outreach in Philadelphia focuses on hot spots
The city of Philadelphia is tweaking its approach to homeless outreach as workers now focus on specific areas — and help those in need with individualized services.
The new approach comes in the wake of increased complaint calls about homeless people and panhandlers in Center City. Some of those complaints pertain to new homeless gathering spots.
"There has been a lot of construction in Center City where some people may not have been visible now may be visible," explained David Holloman, director community outreach for the office of supportive housing. "It's more of an approach to go out and engage those individuals — who are they, what do they want, and are we able to assist them with the resources we have."
Teams are focusing on specific areas based on need, he said.