Behind the Scenes
Philadelphia has a poverty rate of 26 percent which is the 7th high in the US. This leads to homelessness and lack of resources to attain drinking water. It's estimated that 3644 beds available for people experiencing homelessness, but it’s very common for some to be turned away due to lack of resources. Youth homelessness is a bigger issue. The city has beds designated for the youth, which include anyone under the age of 24. Office of Supporting Housing Director Liz Hersh states, “In emergency and transitional housing programs the count identified 257 unaccompanied youth households under the age of 24, 20 under the age of 18 and 291 parenting youth households,” she said, “Representing a total of 703 people at that moment in time.” Although the number of people experiencing homelessness decreases during the winter time, the summer time still estimates that there is 700-1500 in and outside the city.
CWCL plans to take on the neighborhoods that make Philadelphia. Places like Tioga-Nicetown, Fairhill, Strawberry Mansion, and Huntington Park have record high unemployment and crime while having low population density and low median income. I plan to infiltrate these areas with necessities for people who are experiencing homelessness.
CWCL’s mission is to aid people who are experiencing homelessness ---. People experiencing homelessness are often resented and looked upon as stains to our society, as a result, few seize the opportunity to approach public establishments for a minuscule drink of water. This societal problem is escalating with no solutions from local non-profits like Project Home or the Bethesda Project. These non-profits have their main resources focused around getting them off the street, but what about their well-being right now? The transitional period for them is overwhelming and the last thing they should be worrying about is staying alive, they’ve done that too much for too long.
CLEAN WATER CLEAN LIVES AT A GLANCE
CWCL’s vision is to not only help people with homelessness by providing personal care items and water, but to also help them transition into a long-term shelter. The hopes are to help them affiliate with a reliable organization, from there, my brothers and sisters will have a foundation and ample opportunities to succeed in their own ways