Currently, a group of homeless individuals who had been living in tents with — and, in many cases, actively participating in — Occupy Philly, has set up a tentative encampment beneath an I-95 overpass. The group, which relocated beneath the bridge just ahead of the City’s deadline for Occupy Philly to leave, has been given notice by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to leave by 11 AM December 5 (tomorrow, as I’m writing).
As you’ll hear in the interview, homeless outreach teams from the city come by regularly: however, none of the homeless individuals I spoke with tonight seem to prefer entering the city’s shelter system to hacking it on their own. Today, Paul Klemmer, a carpenter who has been homeless for some time, wrote this open letter about his and his homeless neighbors’ situation.
In this interview, I spoke with ‘Kenny O,’ (he asked I not use his full last name), who’s been homeless about a year, and lived in a city shelter for some time before making his way to Occupy Philly — and now, this bridge.