November 19, 2019 | Posted by Homeless Memorial Committee
The Philadelphia Homeless Memorial Day Planning Committee is reaching out to you to help gather the names of the homeless and formerly homeless women, men, and children who died in 2019 (and since last year’s remembrance on 12/21/18). This year’s Homeless Memorial Day will take place on Thursday, December 19th, 5-6pm. You can also find more information about the event here and on our Facebook page.
Project HOME joined with advocates across Pennsylvania to protect General Assistance and fund affordable housing. John Boyd, a Project HOME community member, shared his powerful story at a press conference.
Good afternoon everyone, my name is John Boyd. I am here to express my gratitude and ask for your support to protect General Assistance. I am alive today because General Assistance is supporting my stability and helping me cover the expenses in my new apartment so that I can live independently again.
After years of advocacy and a ruling by the PA Supreme Court last September, the General Assistance program is now up and running. This is a tremendous win for low-income people in Pennsylvania, many whom have been living with no income since 2012 when the program was eliminated.
However, General Assistance is already at risk. Legislation has been introduced to eliminate General Assistance again.
The federal government is currently in the longest shutdown in the history of the United States of America. In addition to the over 800,000 federal workers harmed by the shutdown, millions of Americans who rely on federal programs for their health, safety, and wellbeing are at risk.