Friday, May 8, 2009

The homeless in Philadelphia

After the recent death of Margaret Jones, Philadelphia is changing the way it tracks homeless people with mental illnesses. Jones was found dead in a transit stairwell in January 2009. Although Philadelphia's mental health system knew she was missing and a homeless shelter knew her whereabouts, neither agency was in contact with each other.

The article states that 70 percent of homeless people have mental illnesses.


Witnesses to Hunger, a group of homeless women who were given digital cameras to photograph their lives, traveled to Washington DC this week. They worked with Drexel University's School of Public Health to create the project and were followed by a documentary crew. The exhibit was displayed at the Russell Senate Office Building. A video of the project is below.

Since The Inquirer published a story about their photos last fall, news organizations in Asia, the Middle East and Europe have written about the women and the North Philadelphia world they photographed.

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