Philadelphia Homeless Numbers Rising Again

This report on WHYY, Philadelphia’s public radio station was a classic driveway moment. It raises several positive issues about the benefits of housing first and raises questions about the recent rise in homelessness.

Homeless Numbers Rising Again
April 19, 2007

Philadelphia was supposed to be the city to end chronic homelessness. A few years ago, homeless advocates say the city dramatically cut the number of people sleeping on the streets. Politicians from City Hall to Washington were touting Philadelphia as a beacon for others. Now the number of homeless is climbing again, and no one is sure exactly why. WHYY’s Joel Rose reports.

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