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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forum: A Conversation with Congressman Dwight Evans

Project HOME is co-sponsoring an event on Sunday, January 14th at 2 PM with Congressman Dwight Evans who represents the 2nd Congressional District which includes some Project HOME sites in Philadelphia and also includes parts of Montgomery County.  This is being done in conjunction with the celebration of Dr. Martin L. King Day.  Congressman Evans will focus on the issues of immigration, health care, homelessness, poverty and care of the earth.  Flyer is attached.  All are welcome to attend.  Bring your family and friends.  Let’s continue the struggle for economic and social justice in Dr.

 

From Billy Penn:

With the Democratic National Convention in town this week, both the Democratic Party and the City of Philadelphia will do their best to put on a good show. For different reasons, they both want to highlight orderliness, competence, leadership, spectacle, entertainment, compelling drama, and hospitality.

 

From Philly.com

The street sweeper arrived at 12th and Arch shortly after dawn.

With a broom and a wheeled dumpster, he swept around the sleeping forms on the sidewalk under the arches of the Convention Center. As commuters walked past and dozens on the sidewalk stirred awake, the street sweeper collected bottles and plastic wrappers and half-eaten food - all the detritus of a night on the streets.

 

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

The homeless outreach teams arrived at Rittenhouse Square just before the morning rush hour. They had come to check in on familiar faces, park regulars who have refused to come inside for years - or even decades.

 

From Newsworks

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.

 

From PhillyVoice

On Monday morning, a man named James stood at 12th and Market streets in front of the city's Hard Rock Cafe, quietly humming along with "Rapper's Delight" as it played through the restaurant's sound system.

James, dressed in a torn, stained polo shirt and dirty jeans, had been out here all morning when members of one of the city's new homeless outreach teams stopped to chat.

Homelessness in Pennsylvania: Causes, Impacts, and Solutions

In 2014, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives authorized the creation of a bipartisan task force and an advisory committee to research and write a report on the causes, impacts, and solutions to homelessness in Pennsylvania.  Released this month, the resulting report reviews the prevalence of homelessness in the Commonwealth, and includes the task force’s recommendations for effective, efficient, and compassionate means for ending homelessness in our state.

 

From the Philadelphia Inquirer

Robert "Bobby" Barnes had a laugh that could fill a room, a heart generous enough to give away his winter coat, a love for his family and a stubborn streak.

 

Via the Philadelphia Daily News

ANDREW SCHULTZ spoke with his brother for the last time 13 years ago.

Phil was in Philly, where he had wandered after leaving his home and job on Long Island. It was a brief conversation, a phone line connecting brothers 150 miles apart.

 

From Philly.com

In preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) on Saturday, Sept. 26th and Sunday, Sept, 27th, the city’s Archbishop, Charles J. Chaput, has created a committee to uphold the rights and dignity of those experiencing homelessness.

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