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 .

For more information on these events visit the following links:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/220671881.html

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/politics/20130822_Homeless_mothers_and_children_protesting_lack_of_beds.html

PPEHRC will make sure that these women and their children have been placed in shelters with good conditions and adequate resources. We will continue to post updates on the website regarding these events.

PPEHRC Demonstation August 2013 Picture 2