Two years ago, Philadelphia stopped disconnecting household water service as a pandemic protection. As the pandemic moratorium ended, and shutoffs were set to resume, the city delayed to keep water flowing during the recent heat health emergency. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)
An estimated 280,000 occupied housing units in Pennsylvania need repairs, according to Sen. Nikil Saval in a Pennsylvania State Senate co-sponsorship memo, prompting legislators to fund a statewide whole home repair program. | From: Kensington Voice (Read more.)
It’s been about half a year since Chyna Parker, Tatyanna Woodard and Courtney Lane shared harmful behavior they experienced from management at the Kensington harm reduction nonprofit with Billy Penn. They detailed transphobia, racism, abuse, dangerous conditions, and sexual assault.
Now, several grassroots orgs are pledging to help them recover. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)
To some, it’s a great area to visit: a place to eat noodles, get bubble tea, and sing karaoke. To the roughly 3,000 people who live there — and thousands more who count on it for cultural connection — it’s home.
The neighborhood has also been a consistent battleground for development plans, many of them proposed without residents’ support. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)
Child advocates and health care providers in Philadelphia say Jones’ experience is reflected in a new report that shows the COVID-19 pandemic’s deep toll on the city’s children, with long-term consequences that could become worse if action isn’t taken. | From: WHYY (Read more.)
In 2016, Philadelphia closed its only juvenile psychiatric residential treatment facility — Wordsworth — after a 17-year-old died in a fight with staff. The city opened another in 2020, but that facility soon lost its license due to “multiple child right violations,” according to the state. Now, the city is asking providers to bid for a contract to create another facility. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)
West Philadelphia residents who are camped out to protest their displacement from University City Townhomes and supporters have been ordered by a judge to leave by 9 a.m. Monday. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)
An encampment that was put in place to protest the evictions of residents from affordable housing in a complex in Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood was dismantled Monday morning following a court order. | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)