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.
Find the press release here
On Saturday, April 4th PPEHRC joined Reclaim MLK PHL and 15 an Hour Now Philadelphia outside of New Vision UMC Church at Broad and Westmoreland for a march to the OIC Building at Broad and Thompson. As a coalition, we were demanding the end to poverty in one of the largest, poorest, gentrified cities in the country. We are demanding $15.00 an hr, the right to unionize, and full employment in the city of Philadelphia.
The 17th Annual Homelessness Marathon is set to air. If you’ve never seen or heard it, it is, literally, like no other broadcast in the world (except for our daughter broadcast, the Canadian Homelessness Marathon). This is the world turned upside down and looked at from the perspective of the poorest-of-the-poor, and featuring their voices as they speak for themselves.
The broadcast will start tomorrow (Tuesday the 17th) at 7p.m., eastern time, and it will run for fourteen hours until 9a.m., eastern time, on Wednesday the 18th.
Jerry Jones the director of the National Coalition for the Homeless has expressed a desire to learn from the LGBT community about how they started out as an obscure minority and yet have won rights in various states and nations over the past 25 years. Jerry has drawn parallels between them and the homeless: Both make up about 1% of the U.S. population and both have been looked down on by the vast majority of people. So, Jerry wants to use the tactics and techniques of the LGBT community to gain similar victories for the homeless. At least that’s what David Pirtle told me. He’s often right.
It can be argued that our economic troubles began long before the crisis of 2008. But let’s use that as a starting point anyway as we consider the causes of the family homelessness crisis that has arisen in in Washington, DC. I’d read about the failure of Bear Stearns and how it was purchased by JP Morgan Chase in the spring of 2008. Over the next seven months, I would read about other investment banks whose names I’d either never heard or that just didn’t mean anything to me previously – names such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch (whose bull-silhouette commercials were etched into my memory during childhood) and Morgan Stanley. But the depth of the crisis didn’t “hit home” for me until mid-October when I read an e-mail announcing a special meeting at DC’s City Hall to address immediate cuts to the Dept. of Human Services budget for FY 2009 with us being two weeks into that fiscal year.
On March 18th 2014, the Lott family suddenly lost their home due to a house fire. After only receiving shelter from The American Red Cross for three days when they were supposed to receive 30 days, they now have no where to stay. Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) heard about their situation and is advocating for their right to housing. After spending over 3 hours at Appletree Family Center on Monday, March 24th, the family was told there was no shelter available and they were sent away. We even had to take three of the children out of school during an important PSSA standardized testing week because the office would not allow them to be processed without the children present. This is detrimental to their educational success and is interrupting crucial preparation time.