As it relates to the coronavirus, we’ll start with some “good news,” according to Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley. The number of new COVID-19 cases is decreasing in Philadelphia. Officials aren’t sure exactly why, and the good news might be temporary. Farley warned that it was too early to tell whether the decline would continue.
There are 11 (and counting) formerly homeless families who have recently taken over vacant properties left by the Philadelphia Housing Authority, my colleague Samantha Melamed reports. They’ve been supported by the same activists who organized the homeless encampments on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (more on that below) and outside of PHA headquarters in North Philly.
The squatting is a response to intersecting problems. There’s homelessness and lack of affordable housing, along with family separation, which is worse in Philadelphia than it is in any other big city.
I hope everyone was able to stay dry and safe yesterday. Thanks for sharing this storm pic, @strangerphilly.
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“I know it is frustrating to have trash sitting out on our streets and sidewalks past collection day, but the truth is we all play a role in the trash problem in our city.” — writes Philadelphia City Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson, chair of the Committee on the Environment, about what everyone can do to help reduce trash.