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United Way: People contacting 211 for help jumped in 2020

More than 430,000 people called and texted the free social and human services hotline 211 or searched on its online database last year, the United Way said. That grew from almost 288,000 in 2019.

By The Associated Press

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Shelters adapt to risks of COVID-19 as winter surge continues

The combination of winter, when shelter populations usually swell, and the possibility of a pandemic-related wave of evictions is putting extra pressure on shelters to prepare for an influx of people while finding ways to keep the virus from spreading. 

By Alanna Elder

Smart Talk: An eviction crisis is looming

Affordable housing costs impact both renters and landlords, can both be saved?
By Merideth Bucher

‘I’m not gonna just walk away’: Philadelphia homeless encampment residents vow to stay as city deadline to vacate passes

For weeks, the Kenney administration has hoped the residents and their supporters would “decamp voluntarily.”

By Catalina Jaramillo and Ximena Conde/WHYY

Coronavirus threatens an already vulnerable population: People experiencing homelessness

Allegheny County is working to identify a location where people experiencing homelessness could go to safely isolate when they need medical help, but do not require hospitalization, a spokesperson said. 

By Margaret J. Krauss/WESA

New Philly work program offers alternative to panhandling

Three years ago, the city surveyed almost 130 panhandlers in Philadelphia. It learned that most people asking for money were keeping regular hours and treated it like a traditional job.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY

Western Pennsylvania counties nearly eliminated veteran homelessness in 2019

The U.S. government declared this year that 20 counties in western Pennsylvania have effectively ended veteran homelessness.

By An-Li Herring/WESA