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The Opioid Crisis Is Worsening Homelessness in Philly. Solving the Problem Is a Matter of Survival

It’s another perfectly shitty day to be homeless in Philadelphia. Cold, wet and pitiless. T.S. Eliot famously said that April is the cruelest month, but […]

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Why You’ll Soon See Postcards to Hand to the Homeless in Center City

There’s a new campaign to end homelessness in Philly — and it encourages you to take a simple step to help. The Center City District and […]

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This Philly Woman Wants to Open the First Homeless Shelter for People and Pets

In her six years of working in Philly homeless shelters, Stephanie Sena has been forced to turn away countless people for the same reason: they […]

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RESPONSE: Wawa Is Working to Balance Everyone’s Needs at Broad and Walnut

I want to bring your attention to the recent article written by Joe Trinacria, “Like You, Ed Rendell Hates the Wawa at Broad and Walnut.” […]

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Like You, Ed Rendell Hates the Wawa at Broad and Walnut

On my morning walks to Philly Mag’s offices on Washington Square I trek northbound across Center City, occasionally taking Broad Street up to Walnut and […]

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Report: New Jersey’s Homeless Population Down 50 Percent Since 2007

Homelessness in New Jersey has dropped by almost 50 percent over the last nine years, according to a report by the federal government.

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City to Increase Beds, Outreach for Homeless During DNC

Philadelphia will have more beds and resources to help shelter its homeless population for the next few weeks. In the city’s budget for the upcoming […]

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Five Big Ways Philly’s Not Ready to Show Off for the DNC

Thursday I got a press release from the Philadelphia DNC 2016 Host Committee announcing “the installation of its 57 fiberglass ‘Donkeys Around Town.’” My first thought […]


Philly to Focus Outreach to Homeless on Center City “Hotspots”

The Kenney administration announced a new strategy to fight panhandling and street homelessness in Philadelphia on Monday, one that will focus existing outreach efforts on […]

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What It Was Like at Philly’s Homeless Pop-Up Restaurant

Last Saturday afternoon, the outside of the 23rd Street Armory revealed few signs of the party going on inside. Faint strains of songs by the Stylistics and […]

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That $20,000 One-Night Homeless Pop-Up Restaurant Is Happening This Weekend

Less than one month after launching his crowdfunding page to raise $20,000 for a one-night pop-up restaurant for the homeless, Jason Pinardo says he’s all […]

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Is It Wrong to Spend $20,000 for a One-Night Homeless Pop-Up Restaurant?

We see a lot of GoFundMe and similar crowdsourcing campaigns coming through our inbox. Many of them are good ideas, but most of them fizzle […]

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We Left a Homeless Toddler in the Middle of LOVE Park

“Young Boy Found Wandering in LOVE Park.” It was easy to judge the story’s first headline, and judge I easily did. Why was a 2-year-old outside alone, […]

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What’s it Like Being Homeless in Popeadelphia?

I was walking down Broad Street on my way to the National Shrine of St. Rita when two men and a woman stopped me and […]

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Will Pope Francis Get to See Philadelphia’s Homeless?

Follow Philadelphia magazine’s live coverage of Pope Francis’s historic visit all weekend long.  New Jersey native Brooke Peder sits on Walnut Street next to a […]