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Philadelphia Homeless Encampment #2

By handlerstudio  
I spent about half an hour talking with the woman who lives here. Her tent is right out in front...not tucked away in back. Clearly, beauty is an important aspect of her life. She had worked for the government, the city I think, for decades...got hurt, not in the work, and is on disability.

Note the tent area set up for children only. There are families here.

The story one hears over and over for so many people here...and in other situations and homeless...is how close so many people are to being in the same place.....Medical bills, losing a job, often it ford not take much...next thing you know, you are living in your car---if you have one. People here of all ages...white and black. And, people co-operating for the sake of all. Rumors that the city planning to take it down.....I am hearing them too. Realistically, only a matter of when the powers that be take over. And, apparently there may be some negotiations going on with at least some of the demands. One of them..small houses. We he the empty houses that could be fixed up for and with people to live in. It is shameful that in the richest country in the world, every city has this problem. But then, that is the nature of mature, neoliberal capitalism.

Peter

Tags: Photo journalism Capitalism Philadelphia Homeless encampment

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Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 1:07AM
Excellent work, very lovely...
Isabel GrinGrin
9 Jul 2020 1:22AM
Sad that American citizens must live like this when the U.S. is so rich.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
9 Jul 2020 1:29AM
So much to fix --- so much money going to the wrong people!
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
9 Jul 2020 1:47AM
Every city has these it seems. I am surprised that these people aren't all sick. It's really sad and it will only get worse with fewer jobs.
Alfie_P Plus
13 677 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 1:54AM
A well documented set of images and an informative editorial, Peter.
You only have to read the history books to see that this is nothing new, the problem is what to do about it. Maybe Covid 19 and Climate Change will revolutionize the way humans think and behave.
All I will say and know for sure is that: The human being is the only animal on this Planet that trips over the same stone twice. I'll leave you with that thought. 🤔

😎
9 Jul 2020 5:24AM
Such a sad collection of photographs, but you bring the plight of your own people to light, Peter. Even in despair this woman's tent in your lead keeps her standards high.
Mike
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
9 Jul 2020 6:58AM
Such a tragic start for the young ones also Peter, which just tends to repeat for generations , looks to be some very resourceful and organised people here !
Ian
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
9 Jul 2020 10:34AM
It's good that someone is sharing pictures like this, which show that having a home isn't a prerequisite for having standards.

Just as occupying a White House isn't a guarantee for having them.
9 Jul 2020 12:09PM

Quote:It's good that someone is sharing pictures like this, which show that having a home isn't a prerequisite for having standards.

Just as occupying a White House isn't a guarantee for having them.



Thank you, John. The people living in this encampment are really no different then most of us.....not counting the 1%. If we look at favellas, slums in other large cities in the world....photos that some of our members have been showing from India....this is certainly not unique to the US. Just that this is organized with demands. More political.

Peter
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
9 Jul 2020 1:06PM
This is so much better than many I have seen. It is clean, and the people seem to have retained their sense of decency and love of beauty and order. It is a crime to have these situations, all because of greed in the upper levels.
Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2020 2:28PM
Good reportage Peter, the lady that lives in the lead obviously takes pride in her residence.
Peter
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2020 10:54AM
A great set PeterSmileSmile

Cliff
10 Jul 2020 7:45PM
Where there is a will there is a way ....
For starters all the homeless should be offered addiction and psychological help.
I know our Drug court in Alberta has worked well for some of our homeless and drug dependent folks , as an option to doing jail time for non violent drug offenders . We may not save everyone but it can be a place to start .
Another eye opening set of photojournalism Peter ,
Best regards
Walt
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
11 Jul 2020 9:55PM
And all the people who were just the wrong side of the street, or one wage cheque too close to losing their home...

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