[NEWS] How (And Why) Philly Forced 16 People Off the Streets During the Deep Freeze
In extreme temperatures, getting to shelter means life or death for Philly's homeless. Still, some people refuse to leave the cold. Should the city keep forcing them?
During our recent cold spell, Philly experienced its longest stretch of consecutive “Code Blue” days in 13 years.
The city declares a Code Blue emergency when winter weather conditions (snow, freezing rain, frigid temperatures) are considered life-threatening – particularly for the roughly 6,000 sheltered and unsheltered people experiencing homelessness in Philly. Under the emergency status, the city offers extra beds at shelters, and homeless outreach teams work around the clock to bring people inside.