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.
After being denied services by the Appletree Family Center, we then took the Lott family to the Office of Supportive Housing and were told the exact same thing. The city of Philadelphia continued to tell the Lott family that there was no shelter available for them and there was nothing that could be done. Cheri Honkala and other organizers of PPEHRC were not going to take no for an answer. Housing is a human right and we demanded that this family of eight receive shelter that night during this time of crisis.
Nine police officers came to the office once PPEHRC announced that we were not leaving until the family was housed. When the police came, Cheri Honkalaexplained that this family was homeless due to a fire and was being denied services by the office. After a couple more hours and a lot of deliberation, PPEHRC was able to win two hotel rooms for the eight members of the Lott family for the next three days. Although this is a victory, it is a temporary victory. Without your help TODAY, the Lott family will be kicked out of the hotel and placed on the streets of Philadelphia in THREE DAYS (Thursday, March 27th).
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Your support can go even further than a signature by calling Mayor Nutter’s office at(215) 686-2181 and demand that the city of Philadelphia provides affordable housing for the Lott family who lost their home in a fire. It is up to us to ensure that this family is not thrown out on the streets!
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