Today’s guest blog post is by Garrett O'Dwyer, Policy & Communications Associate for the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. PACDC is a close ally and partner of Project HOME in the ongoing struggle to expand affordable housing in our city.
Mira is an alumna of Project HOME. Soft-spoken and always elegantly dressed, she frequently comes back to Project HOME to participate in alumni events, our speakers bureau, and advocacy efforts. On her recent visit, she shared some serious concerns: As she is following the media debate about gun violence, she is worried that the general public is getting a skewed view of mental illness.
On Monday, February 4, representatives of several organizations across the Philadelphia area met with Congressman Chaka Fattah’s Chief of Staff Bonnie Bowser to discuss the looming possibility of 8.2 percent across-the-board cuts to federal housing and homelessness programs.
“How am I going to buy soap? Or even a new toothbrush?
Worries like these often do not cross people’s minds every day, but for Sandra, such small expenses for ordinary everyday needs are about to become a burden on her life – and she is not alone. Effective August 1, thousands of residents across the state of Pennsylvania are about to lose their sole source of income: General Assistance.
Will O'Brien from Project HOME's Education and Advocacy Department, was present at the two-day hearing on the City's ban on outdoor food distribution to persons who are homeless. He offers these reflections from the hearing.
It was practically a church service inside Courtroom 14-B at the Federal Building in Center City this week.
U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr., probably hadn’t anticipated two days of Scripture passages and mini-sermons, but after all, this was a case about religion.
The relationship of gambling to homelessness is a critical one, which deserve serious attention as Philadelphia and other cities continue to promote casinos as a way to raise revenue. This article by Paul Davies in The Philly Post does a fine job of exploring the issues.