The Project: The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is working to acquire vacant single-family rowhomes and twins in Philadelphia, in order to rehabilitate them and then rent them to homeless individuals and families at subsidized, affordable rates.
Community volunteer labor and sweat equity will accomplish a great deal of the construction work, using green building principles and practices. PPEHRC will establish a Community Land Trust (CLT) to ensure the perpetual affordability of the houses.
In addition to providing affordable housing, these Human Rights Houses will provide job-training programs and support services like mental health care and substance abuse treatment. We will offer this support alongside and interwoven with our work of supporting the leadership of poor and homeless people to organize for human rights and economic justice.
The press conference will be held at 10 AM on Thursday July 7 in front of the Cuyahoga Job and Family Service Building at 1641 Payne Ave, Cleveland. Please join in Cleveland for the fight against poverty.
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On May 28, 2015, Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and German Parodi of Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania, Inc. (DIA) announced a new “March for Our Lives” to take place at the 2016 Democratic National Nominating Convention in Philadelphia.
On April 30th, members of Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and US Social Forum Philly joined the Philly is Baltimore March through Center City.
Meet some of the amazing organizers in Philadelphia that have been working hard over the past year to make this year’s US Social Forum Philly happen and learn why they think you should attend!
Shane Claiborne is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. As a student, Shane worked alongside the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, which is now the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (An anchor organization of the USSF), during a church takeover to help house homeless families in the Kensington community. This experience is highlighted in his book, The Irresistible Revolution.
We the people of Philadelphia are building another world. We are tearing down the walls that keep us divided and weakened. We are building a powerful and inclusive movement that recognizes “Your Fight is My Fight”.
Thousands of people from across the country will join us at the Philadelphia Site from June 25th – 28th for the US Social Forum. Together we will lift up the stories and the struggles of the real Philadelphia, together we will build another world.