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This was not the plan. Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon hoped to put themselves out of business. Homelessness, too. They think big like that. Instead, Project HOME, launched in a rec center locker room, is celebrating 25 years and is primed to open its 18th facility in the spring.


Winter’s bone-chilling temperatures are now gripping most of the country. When the frigid weather makes it too hazardous to stay outside, many homeless seek shelter in train stations, bus depots and other public facilities.


The region was jolted by its first cold snap Sunday, prompting Philadelphia to declare a Code Blue emergency, hospitals to prepare for overnight patients, and purveyors of gloves and mittens to stock the shelves.

Christmas tree vendors rejoiced.

Temperatures were 30 degrees nippier than a week ago, making the chill feel extra frosty - and taking many by surprise.


Dozens of people lined up today to apply for one of 55 units of affordable housing being financed by pop singer Jon Bon Jovi in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Bon Jovi, former owner of the Philadelphia Soul arena football team, is working with Project HOME on “JBJ Soul Homes,” at 15th and Fairmount.


Many Americans disdain the poor - and science proves it.

When people were placed in neuroimaging machines and shown photos of the poor and homeless, their brains responded as though the photos depicted things, not humans - a sign of revulsion.

Advocates for the poor aren't surprised, saying enmity toward the needy runs thick.


JOHN JACKSON swept the sidewalk outside his house in the late-afternoon sun. A huge American flag hung out front, where a lethargic brown-and-white beagle sat inside a fenced-off driveway and front yard filled with flowering trees and potted plants.

Jackson lives on Brown Street near 19th, in what has become the increasingly "hot" real-estate market of Francisville.

The neighborhood, for years predominantly African-American with some Latinos, has a growing number of newcomers, many of them white and Asian professionals, residents say.


Chinatown has little room to grow.

The Center City neighborhood is boxed in by the Gallery to the south and the Convention Center to the west.

Most construction is happening to the north of Vine Street, and most of that is for high-end housing.

But in a narrow elbow of vacant land, near the delivery entrance to the Gallery on Arch Street near Eighth Street, two nonprofit developers are moving ahead with plans for a nine-story, 94-unit apartment house.


A Philadelphia family of five lived without a working toilet for a month after the landlord refused to fix it.

When the family withheld the rent - which is legal - the landlord locked them out.

Because they didn't have an attorney, the family was never able to get back into the apartment.

That was one of dozens of stories conveyed at a Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee public hearing at the Philadelphia Bar Association in Center City on Thursday on the importance of civil legal help for the poor.


Lara Weinstein was a second-year student at Jefferson Medical College in 1992 and was frustrated by all the time she was spending in lecture halls.

Every day on her way to and from classes, she passed desperate people living in the shadows of Center City.

She wanted to help, but how?


Project HOME unveiled plans Wednesday to build a $17.8 million, 30,000-square-foot health center in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

The Stephen Klein Wellness Center will expand Project HOME’s primary care, behavioral health and health education services, and provide space for new services including dental care and physical therapy. The center will also house a pharmacy and a YMCA-managed fitness facility.


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