DC’s Family Homelessness Crisis

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.

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Help Support the Lott Family!

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.

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PPEHRC Needs your Help!

PPEHRC needs your help, especially if you live in Philadelphia or nearby.

Do you have any construction skills? Would you like to donate clothing, blankets, or canned food for homeless families? Do you know of any churches or organizations who would like to assist homeless women?

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CHAM, a PPEHRC Organization, Fights Sequester in Silicon Valley

The sequester — a federal cutting of the budget due to DC gridlock — is hitting Silicon Valley’s elderly, disabled, and low-income families especially hard.  In one of the costliest places to live in the nation, Section 8 tenants are seeing rents skyrocket as a result of the sequester, and many now face homelessness. This video was produced in collaboration with the Community Homeless Alliance Ministries, a group that is organizing against the rent increases.

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PPEHRC Holds Sit-in At Office of Shared Prosperity

Philadelphia, PA

Thursday August 22nd,

After spending the rainy Wednesday night outside under the awning of the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, located near the Office of Emergency Shelter and Services at the corner of Carlisle St.  and Cherry St, Cheri Honkala and a group of 7 homeless mothers held a sit in at the 7th floor of 990 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia, PA. This is the location of the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity whose new mission, titled “Shared Prosperity”, is to eradicate homelessness in the City of Philadelphia. From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Cheri Honkala and PPEHRC members sat in solidarity with the mothers and their children until they were given a place to stay. Thanks to PPEHRC’s efforts and the resilience of the mothers, two women were given transitional housing and the rest were placed temporarily on shelters .

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PPEHRC Stages Demonstration to Demand that the OESS Provide Housing for Philadelphia’s Homeless Families

Philadelphia, PA

­­On Tuesday August 20th at 11am, Cheri Honkala, the director of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC), appeared at the Office of Emergency Shelter and Services (OESS) and demanded that the organization be held accountable for its failure to provide affordable housing for homeless and low income women and children. The action took place at 141 N Juniper Street at the corner of Carlisle St and Cherry St.

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