Press Releases

RELEASE: Philadelphia Housing Action claims victory after 6 month direct action campaign forces City to relinquish 50 vacant homes to community land trust.
September 26, 2020

RELEASE: Philadelphia Housing Action Releases Summary and Documentation of History of Negotiations with the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority
September 19, 2020

RELEASE: JTD Encampment Demands Safety, Housing, and Meeting with Mayor Kenney
September 10, 2020

RELEASE: City rejects proposals from Philadelphia Housing Action; fails to provide housing options for encampment protesters.
August 14th, 2020

RELEASE: Philadelphia Housing Action Submits Freedom of Information Act Request to Investigate Violations of Ethics Rules by Vocal Supporters
August 10th, 2020

ADVISORY: OccupyPHA Calls for an End to PHA Police Terror and Extra-Judicial Evictions and Ejectments, Rallies at CEO Kelvin Jeremiah’s Private Residence
August 5th, 2020

ADVISORY: OccupyPHA Holds Press Conference to Respond to Housing Authority Allegations That Camp Teddy Is Blocking Construction of Affordable Housing
July 29th, 2020

Press Release: EqualHealth – Campaign Against Racism Stands in Solidarity with James Talib-Dean Encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
July 27th, 2020

Press Release: City of Philadelphia Cites Sanitation as Primary Reason for Evicting Homeless Encampment, Simultaneously Undermines Encampment Sanitation with Email release
July 16th, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY: City Pressures Porta-potty Rental Company to End Contract with Homeless Encampment During Global Pandemic with Press Packet
July 16th, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: 341 Frontline Healthcare and Homeless Outreach Workers Come Out Against Evicting the James Talib-Dean Encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
July 15th, 2020

Press Conference Media Advisory and Press Packet
July 13th, 2020

Philadelphia Housing Action Defends Homeless Family from Illegal Ejectment
July 10th, 2020 by Philadelphia Housing Action

JTD Camp on the Parkway Cuts Off Negotiations with the City
July 9th, 2020 by Philadelphia Housing Action

National Coverage

A Movement for Housing Justice Is Camped Out on Philly Streets
September 16th, 2020 by Chris Gelradi
The Nation

A Radical Movement to Take Back Our Cities
August 11th, 2020 by Apoorva Tadepalli
The New Republic

Philadelphia Housing Authority is Failing at its Mission, Advocates Say
August 6, 2020 by Joshua Vaughn
The Appeal

Philadelphia Housing Organizers Are Tackling Homelessness Themselves
July 27th, 2020 by Liliana Frankel
Teen Vogue

Single Mothers and Their Children Are Taking Over Abandoned Public Buildings
July 24th, 2020 by Mindy Isser
In These Times

Philadelphia Delays Unhoused Encampment Eviction as CDC Says “Let Them Remain” & Stop COVID Spread
July 17th, 2020
Democracy Now

Homeless People Are Moving Into Vacant Homes in Philly and Fixing Them Up
July 10th, 2020 by Emma Ockerman
VICE News

Homeless Philadelphians Moving Into Vacant City-Owned Homes
June 22nd, 2020 by Unicorn Riot

Interim Guidance on Unsheltered Homelessness and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) for Homeless Service Providers and Local Officials
Updated: May 13, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Local Coverage

Krasner, Brooks, Gauthier, Gym, & Thomas Denounce Trump DOJ Threats Against Black Lives Matter Protesters
September, 17th by Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Medium.com

I live by the Parkway homeless encampment and see it offering public services, not nuisance
September 16th, 2020 by Nia Holston
The Philadelphia Inquirer

I Fear the Parkway Encampment Crisis Could End Up Like the MOVE Bombing
September 15th, 2020 by Ernest Owens
Philadelphia Magazine

How Philly’s summer of protests revitalized the affordable housing movement
September 15th, 2020 by Anna Orso and Oona Goodin-Smith
The Philadelphia Inquirer

City Council needs new approaches, and the ability to multitask, to address Philly’s challenges
September 11th, 2020 by the Editorial Board
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Low incomes make Philadelphia homes less affordable, Pew study finds
September 10th, 2020 by Michaelle Bond
The Philadelphia Inquirer

My visit to the homeless encampment by the Art Museum both surprised and enlightened me
September 10th, 2020 by Jenice Armstrong
The Philadelphia Inquirer

After deadline passes for homeless encampments to clear out, city won’t say what’s next on Parkway and at PHA
September 9th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano, Laura McCrystal, Mensah M. Dean, Samantha Melamed, Anna Orso and Aubrey Whelan
The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘I’m not gonna just walk away’: Homeless encampment residents vow to stay as city deadline to vacate passes
September 9th, 2020 by Catalina Jaramillo and Ximena Conde
WHYY

Homeless mothers squat federal housing sites as encampment deadline looms
September 8th, 2020 by Susan Phillips
WHYY

Protesters gather near Mayor Kenney’s home to oppose move to close homeless camps
September 6th, 2020 by Jeff Gammage
The Philadelphia Inquirer

What will happen to the homeless now forced to leave the Parkway encampment?
September 5th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia keeps clearing homeless encampments. But who is being helped?
September 4th, 2020 by Samantha Melamed
The Philadelpha Inquirer

Instead of clearing homeless encampments, city leaders should create plans for permanent housing
September 1st, 2020 by Wiley Cunningham and Jennifer Bennetch
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Homeless encampment on Parkway must clear out by Sept. 9, city announces
August 31st, 2020 by Ellie Rushing, Alfred Lubrano and Samantha Melamed
The Philaldephia Inquirer

Encampments ordered to close, again
August 31st, 2020 by Jack Tomczuk
Philadelphia Metro

Philly issues new eviction notice to Parkway homeless-protest encampment
August 31st, 2020 by Susan Phillips
The Philadelphia Tribune / WHYY

Mayor Kenney Is Backed Into One Hell of a Corner Over the Parkway Encampment
August 26th, 2020 by Victor Fiorillo
Philadelphia Magazine

Federal judge: City is ‘permitted, but not required’ to dissolve protest encampments
August 25th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Even with judge’s sign-off, criminalizing encampments isn’t the solution to Philly’s housing problem
August 25th, 2020 by Nikil Saval and Stephanie Sena
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Federal judge allows city to clear out homeless encampments on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in N. Philly
August 25th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano, Jeremy Roebuck and Oona Goodin-Smith
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Judge allows city to remove homeless • Photos
August 25th, 2020 by Tom Gralish and Charles Fox
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Federal judge clears city to remove homeless encampments on Ben Franklin Parkway, Ridge Ave.
August 25th, 2020 by Ryan Briggs and Susan Phillips
WHYY

Judge to rule Tuesday on whether city can clear out Parkway homeless encampment
August 24th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly encampments will remain at least through Tuesday, federal judge says
August 20th, 2020 by Samantha Melamed and Oona Goodin-Smith
The Philadelphia Inquirer

City and encampment protesters to meet in federal court today
August 20th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Encampment protesters safe from eviction — at least until next week
August 20th, 2020 by Machael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Summer Camps
August 20th, 2020 by Jason N. Peters
Philly Weekly

Federal judge might determine fate of encampments Thursday
August 19th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

The protest encampments — and the housing crisis they represent — aren’t going away
August 19th, 2020 by Brandon Dorfman
Generocity

Philadelphia homeless encampment eviction on hold through at least Thursday while judge considers lawsuit
August 18th, 2020 by Anna Orso, Aubrey Wheelan, Oona Goodin-Smith and Mensah M. Dean
The Philadelphia Inquirer

As It Happened: On day of planned encampment clearing, city officials meet with organizers and a lawsuit puts the evictions on hold
August 18th, 2020 by various
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Kenney’s deadline to disband camps passes as protesters remain
August 18th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Encampments stay put, for now
August 18th, 2020 by Jack Tomczuk
Philadelphia Metro

Encampment residents file for restraining order against Mayor Kenney over eviction
August 18th, 2020 by Max Marin
BillyPenn

Encampment residents file restraining order as mayor, councilmembers negotiate fate of protest settlements
August 17th, 2020 by Darryl C Murphy
WHYY / PlanPhilly

Philly posts notices that homeless encampments on the Parkway and Ridge Avenue must close Tuesday
August 17th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano and Aubrey Wheelan
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Kenney sets deadline to evict two protest encampments
August 17th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Parkway homeless camp ordered to clear out
August 17th, 2020 by Jack Tomczuk
Philadelphia Metro

Negotiations at an ‘impasse’ between city and encampment leaders
August 14th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Sharswood residents and #OccupyPHA clash over protest encampment
August 10th, 2020 by Darryl C Murphy
WHYY

Sharswood residents, business owners say North Philly encampment has ‘hijacked’ the community
August 10th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Neighbors recognize plight of Parkway homeless, but are fed up with trash, needles, nudity, and human waste
August 6th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Why moving people into vacant PHA homes isn’t a solution to Philly’s housing crisis
August 5th, 2020 by Kelvin A. Jeremiah

Once-homeless Philly families are squatting in PHA houses. The agency wants them out.
August 5th, 2020 by Samantha Melamed
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Homeless encampments shored up tents to ride out Tropical Storm Isaias
August 4th, 2020 by Susan Phillips
WHYY

Radicalizing A Tent Community: Interview with Dee Black of the Encampment Protest
July 31st, 2020 by Maddie Rose
The Philadelphia Partisan

Organizers and activists clash at the crossroads of Philly’s housing crisis
July 29, 2020 by Brandon Dorfman
Generocity

Homeless population resist efforts to vacate campsite, Pt. II
July 29th, 2020 by Nathaniel Lee
University City Review

Organizers and city officials still talking as Day 50 of the Parkway homeless encampment dawned
July 29, 2020 by Al Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer

It’s a New Day • Audio (interview at 28:40)
July 28, 2020 by Johanna Fernandez
WBAI

Regional Roundup – 07/27/20 • Audio
July 27th, 2020
WHYY

Philly pudiera fundar una ciudad Tiny-House y resolver el problema de Parkway
July 24, 2020
El Sol Latino

Mayor Kenney, stop putting optics before solutions — your city needs housing now
July 21st, 2020 by Maureen Bellwoar
WHYY

‘I Will Breathe’ street mural appears near Parkway protest camp
July 18th 2020 by Danya Henninger
Billy Penn

Philadelphia Housing Authority is failing unhoused city residents
July 17th, 2020 by Morgan Baskin for
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Local TV coverage 7/16/20
6ABC: Philadelphia officials delay plan to close protest camp along Ben Franklin Parkway
Fox29: Philadelphia postpones plans to close protest encampment
CBS3: Philadelphia City Officials Postpone Plans To Close Homeless Encampment On Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philly postpones clearing out of Parkway homeless encampment
July 16th, 2020 by Al Lubrano, Mensah M Dean and Ellie Rushing
Respite from eviction for homeless encampment residents
July 16th, 2020 by Tom Gralish
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Kenney backtracks on evicting parkway encampment
July 16th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

City backs down from evicting homeless camp; Kenney to meet directly with protesters
July 16th, 2020 by Susan Phillips
WHYY

Parkway homeless encampment won’t be cleared Friday
July 16th, 2020 Jack Tomczuk
Philadelphia Metro

Organizer refuses to dismantle smaller housing-protest camp targeting PHA
July 15th, 2020 by Susan Phillips
WHYY

Protesters pledge to defy PHA order to vacate, picket outside CEO’s home
July 15th, 2020 by Michael D’Onofrio
The Philadelphia Tribune

Encampment outside Philadelphia Housing Authority headquarters also given notice to vacate by Friday
July 15th, 2020 by Ellie Rushing
The Inquirer

Homeless encampment on Parkway ties Black Lives Matter to housing | Editorial
July 15th, 2020 by The Editorial Board
The Inquirer

Showdown looms over the Parkway homeless encampment
July 14th, 2020 by The WHY • Audio
WHYY

Protest encampment residents say they’re not leaving Parkway, despite city deadline
July 13th, 2020 by Susan Phillips
WHYY

Members Of Homeless Encampment On Parkway Vow To Stay Put Despite City’s Mandatory Closure
July 13th, 2020 CBS3

Organizers of Parkway homeless encampment say residents won’t leave site when city comes to clear it out on Friday
July 13th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Local TV Coverage July 10, 2020 – City Declares July 17th Eviction Date
City of Philadelphia orders closure of encampment along Ben Franklin Parkway on 6ABC
Organizer of Philly Homeless Encampment Says They’re ‘Not Going Anywhere’ on 10NBC
Philadelphia posts formal notice to close protest encampment by July 17 on on FOX29

Parkway homeless camp residents: ‘We are not going anywhere’
July 13th, 2020 by Jack Tomczuk
Philadelphia Metro

City will clear out homeless encampment on Benjamin Franklin Parkway next Friday
July 10th, 2020 by Alfred Lubrano
The Philadelphia Inquirer

City posts formal notice for closure of protest camp
July 10th, 2020 by Nathaniel Lee
University City Review

Parkway homeless encampment grows, while talks with city, PHA go slowly
July 8th, 2020 by Susan Phillips
WHYY

Radio Times Regional Roundup 07/06/20
July 6th, 2020 • audio
WHYY

Philly says it’s close to a deal to end the homeless encampment on Benjamin Franklin Parkway
July 7th, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Brian Abernathy is one of the most powerful people in Philly. Coronavirus and protests put him in the spotlight.
by Sean Collins Walsh, July 5, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer

City of Philadelphia in negotiations with leaders of encampment on Ben Franklin Parkway
July 1st, 2020 • video
Fox 29 Philadelphia

Philly Leaders Reveal Plan to Dismantle Homeless Encampment
July 1st, 2020 • video
NBC 10 Philadelphia

Philadelphia Housing Authority tries to fence off, shut down protest encampment outside headquarters
Updated: June 30th, 2020 by Samantha Melamed
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly officials address encampment protest on Benjamin Franklin Parkway
June 16th, 2020 by Michael Tanenbaum
Philly Voice

Tent encampment lines Ben Franklin Parkway in protest of lack of long-term housing for homeless
June 15th By Shawnette Wilson and Lauren Johnson • video
FOX29

Philadelphians experiencing homelessness build protest encampment on Ben Franklin Parkway: ‘We all matter’
Updated: June 12, 2020 by Ellie Rushing
The Philadelphia Inquirer

What did police do in April during a crime low? It wasn’t solving homicide cases.
Updated: June 12, 2020 by The Inquirer Editorial Board
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly Clears Out Homeless Encampment at the Airport
May 27, 2020 by Lauren Schneideran

Prison-wide testing helps contain outbreak
May 13, 2020 by Kathleen E. Carey
Deleware County Daily Times

Hundreds are being released from jail during the coronavirus pandemic. But where are they going?
Updated: May 11, 2020 by Samantha Melamed
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Housing activists stop Rittenhouse encampment cleanup, likening it to ‘eviction’
May 5th, 2020 by Ryan Briggs
WHYY / Plan Philly

The city and state need to do more to help Philly’s homeless population. What about empty dorms?
April 17th, 2020 by Sterling Johnson and Wiley Cunningham
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia man is Pennsylvania’s first state prison inmate to die from coronavirus
April 13th, 2020 by Jeremy Roebuck and Erin McCarthy
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Defuse the ticking time bomb of coronavirus in jails and prisons
Updated: April 2, 2020 by The Inquirer Editorial Board
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia jails report 8 new coronavirus cases in one day, taking total to 20 inmate infections
April 2, 2020 by Cherri Gregg
KYW 1060 News Radio

COVID-19 in Philly’s Jails
April 5, 2020
Defender Association of Philadelphia

‘It’s terrifying’: Corrections officers say jails aren’t doing enough to protect them as coronavirus spreads
Updated: April 8, 2020 by Jeremy Roebuck and Vinny Vella
The Philadelphia Inquirer

As the coronavirus gains strength in Philly’s jails, panic and fingerpointing mark efforts to avert crisis by thinning inmate population
Updated: April 3, 2020 by Jeremy Roebuck
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Prisoner serving time for drug charge is first U.S. inmate to die from COVID-19
March 28, 2020 by Sarah N. Lynch
Reuters

New Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Homelessness
March 25th, 2020 by Jessica Bautista / Adam Smeltz
SP2 News – University of Pennsylvania

Holiday Inn Express in Center City to become quarantine for homeless people with coronavirus
by Sean Collins Walsh, Chris Brennan and Mike Newall Updated: March 23, 2020
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia clears homeless encampment despite CDC guidance not to during coronavirus spread
Updated: March 23, 2020 by Anna Orso
The Philadelphia Inquirer

‘It’s heartbreaking’: Coronavirus puts Philly homeless services in survival mode
Updated: March 19, 2020 by Samantha Melamed
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Broke in Philly series

Homeless encampment at 18th & Vine Streets cleared
Updated: January 6, 2020 by Alfred Lubano
The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Brief Introduction to Public Housing and the Philadelphia Housing Authority
January 14th 2019 by Wiley Cunningham
medium.com

More than a dozen forced out of homes in North Philadelphia
August 31st 2018 by Jeff Cole • video
FOX29