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New Initiative Aims To Find Homes For 50 Homeless People In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – City officials have announced the results of a survey of the city’s homeless conducted this week.

Dan Schwarz, Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity, says 250 volunteers came back with a treasure trove of information about life on the streets of Philadelphia.

“There were 528 men and women experiencing homelessness who were surveyed on the three dates shown. 268 of them, more than half, were found to have a health condition. Not a mental health condition associated with high risk of death,” says Schwarz.

134 people reported being homeless for more than a decade and a 79-year-old man told volunteers he’s been on the streets for over 50 years.

Much more information was gathered as part of Outreach Week, a local partnership with the nationwide 100,000 Homes Campaign. The goal in Philadelphia is to move 50 people into permanent housing by years-end.

Mayor Nutter says they took the first step this week, “When Pathways to Housing Pennsylvania moved the first person into a furnished apartment with a full refrigerator. Congratulations. What an effort.”

Reported By Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio

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  • anon1

    Why can’t they take some of these abandoned buildings and fix them up to provide housing for these people? The city has so many boarded up buildings. Old warehouses can be made into shelters or low income apartments. With a city like Philly with so many abandoned buildings, there is no need for homelessness. Those buildings could be made suitable for living.

  • Tiredofitall ....

    Ok. Let’s do some math here. So they are going to put 50 people in housing and take them off the streets “by the end of the year”. This is good. But, what about the other 478? In comparison, 50 is such a low number, but I guess it’s better than zero. I just wish something could be done for many more.

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