Homelessness

Charles Bouges shares his story of homelessness. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Officials Poised To Declare Success In Ending Veteran Homelessness

Two years after launching a collaborative effort to end veteran homelessness, the agencies involved have announced that they are close to success.

2 hours ago

(County commissioners Josh Shapiro, center, and Val Arkoosh, standing at right, at the Homelessness Summit at Montgomery County Community College.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Homelessness Summit in Montco Touts County’s Aggregate Approach

Today, community and government leaders met to discuss the achievements of the county program to fight homelessness, called “Your Way Home Montgomery County.”

06/17/2015

(Project HOME employment services program manager Alexis Pugh, center, poses with the latest graduates of the work training program.  Photo by Lynne Adkins)

Local Program Gives Formerly Homeless Vets a Fighting Chance at Civilian Worklife

Ten US military veterans, all formerly homeless, have graduated from a job training program during ceremonies at a center city Philadelphia hotel.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/21/2015

(Temperance Jaxson, right, with her boyfriend, Jack Jarmon, at the KYW Newsradio studios.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Quietly Lending a Hand To The Less Fortunate

“I thought, we have to do something — what can we do?” recalls Temperance Jaxson, right, after seeing a homeless woman sleeping outside her window.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/30/2015

(File photo by Ed Fischer)

Philadelphia Gearing Up To Make Sure Homeless Are Sheltered During ‘Code Blue’ Cold Snap

When temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the City of Philadelphia puts its “Code Blue” initiatives in place.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/13/2015

(A homeless encampment under the Walnut Street Bridge, in center city, where outreach workers found three people sleeping in subfreezing temperatures.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Outreach Specialists Comb Philadelphia Area, Searching For Homeless in Danger of Freezing

“We make sure that nobody dies out here, because that could happen very easily,” notes Sam Santiago, with Project Home.

KYW Newsradio 1060–01/26/2015

(The dining area of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission will be open overnights until March.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Center City Shelter, Already Overflowing, Offers Overnight Seating to Homeless

One of center city Philadelphia’s longest-operating homeless shelters and soup kitchens is opening its doors as part of an overnight initiative to help get homeless men off the streets.

01/12/2015

(Jerry Tucker is a vendor of "One Step Away," a newspaper aimed at raising awareness about homelessness and providing employment for those in need.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Philadelphia’s Newspaper of Homelessness Marks Its 5th Anniversary

The newspaper has helped hundreds of men and women get back on their feet by letting them keep most of the revenue from their sales.

12/16/2014

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Gauging Poverty And Academic Performance

Homelessness and other factors in a student’s environment are predictors of chronic absenteeism and low achievement.

12/03/2014

Reginald Allen (L) & Scott Cronin (credit: Cherri Gregg)

Homeless Man Uses Philadelphia Marathon To Help Lift His Life

The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon is this coming weekend, and 42-year-old Reginald Allen is using it to help put his past under his feet.

11/17/2014

(Volunteer attorneys help the homeless and near-homeless obtain birth certificates, at an event organized by Peco.  Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Volunteer Attorneys Help Indigent Philadelphians Get Government ID

About 60 attorneys, including about 25 provided by Peco, helped homeless (or nearly homeless) Philadelphians apply for a birth certificate.

11/03/2014

Photo Courtesy of Michael Newcombe

Conversations With Veterans: Michael Newcombe’s Struggle Post Military Life

When Michael Newcombe became an active duty combat engineer for the Army, he had the world on a string, but an injury received in Afghanistan changed all that. Plagued by homelessness, unemployment and addiction, this young veteran refused to give up. This is his story.

10/23/2014

(Brittney Chokpelle, formerly homeless, leads the ribbon-cutting for a new facility for homeless mothers.  Photo by Dustin Wingate)

New Help in Roxborough for Homeless Teenage Moms

The two-year, $5-million renovation doubles the agency’s capacity to house teenage mothers, while providing support services such as job training and parenting classes.

07/31/2014

(Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Big Homeless Enclave In Camden, NJ Is Evacuated, Then Leveled

Camden County spokesman Dan Keashen says 45 homeless people have been moved to shelters and to addiction treatment.

07/14/2014

(Photo by Paul Kurtz)

Delco Homeless Families Get A Day of Escapist Fun

A moonbounce and a waterslide were among the many activities being offered today to kids outside the Wesley House Homeless Shelter.

06/27/2014

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