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Architecture students at Philadelphia University confronted an unusual challenge when they created a living environment for residents at the Women of Change shelter in Philadelphia.

The shelter, for women with mental illness who are chronically homeless, is meant as transitional housing.

The students had to solve this puzzle: How to create beds and a living area that were comfortable and provided some privacy, without making them too comfortable or too private - the shelter should not be so nice that residents never want to leave.

 

A program to help Philadelphia’s homeless during the cold winter months has closed for the season.

The “Hub of Hope,” in Suburban Station, helped more than 600 people from December through March.

When the weather gets cold, Suburban Station, at 16th and JFK Boulevard in center city, effectively becomes the largest homeless shelter in the city.

 

The homeless advocacy organization, Project HOME, held its own Easter service at its headquarters on Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia on Sunday.

 

Sister Mary Scullion, R.S.M., a nationally recognized advocate for people who are homeless and mentally ill, will receive the 2013 James Cardinal Gibbons Medal from The Catholic University of America Alumni Association. She will receive the medal at the annual Alumni Awards dinner on April 13.

The highest honor conferred by the association, the medal is awarded to an individual for “distinguished and meritorious service to the Roman Catholic Church, the United States of America, or The Catholic University of America.”

 

The landscape of public housing in Philadelphia dramatically changed in the last decade, as decrepit high-rise projects were demolished and replaced with more appealing new homes.

But the rate of replacement housing never kept pace with the number of eliminated units.

The pressure to fill the supply gap of affordable housing is prompting the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to launch an ambitious plan for creating 6,000 additional units of public housing in five years, said Kelvin Jeremiah, the agency's interim executive director.

 

Sam did not die Wednesday night.

Despite the cold and the untold ounces of Hurricane Malt Liquor he drank; despite shivering uncontrollably in his bed of ragged blankets beneath I-95 in South Philadelphia - Sam survived.

That's because a team from Project HOME and the city's Department of Behavioral Health cajoled and begged the homeless 52-year-old native of Ho Chi Minh City to let them take him to the emergency room at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in the midst of a code-blue alert under a frigid moon.

 

Announce that you’re planning to open a facility for homeless people, and you’re likely to be greeted with a chorus of objections over what that’s going to do to the surrounding neighborhood.

That’s been the response in Madison neighborhoods in recent months as proposals were floated for day shelters, shelters and supported housing. At public meetings and on electronic message boards, neighbors of the proposed facilities worried about what they would mean for the stability of their neighborhoods.

 

For more than a decade, James W. Ray was trapped in a fog of drugs and mental illness. In and out of hospitals and emergency rooms, he sometimes landed in halfway houses or jail, one step from the streets.

He told anyone who would listen that he was a rich man. That his family once had a 110-room mansion with masterpieces by Rembrandt and Renoir, and ancestral portraits by John Singer Sargent. That his great-granddad owned a racetrack in Miami.

 

A feeble breeze kicked up the black dust in the scruffy encampment of homeless men and women beneath I-95 at Oregon Avenue Thursday afternoon. In the shade of the highway's concrete awning, they relaxed, uncomplaining, on grimy mattresses and folding chairs, during the most blistering hours of the day. But when Project HOME outreach worker Sam Santiago arrived in his familiar red van, bearing bottles of chilled water, the group rose eagerly to greet him.

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