Flashpoint: Philly takes back two Kensington tunnels, when black men pray and unleashing second chances

June 03, 2018 - 3:15 am
Amanda And Zora Furt, Charito Morales and Liz Hersh

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the City of Philadelphia's recent effort to take back two tunnels in the Kensington section where homeless opioid users were camped out. Dozens set up tents and were using drugs and living in squalor in four tunnels adjacent to a residential neighborhood. The city set up a pilot program designed to take back two of the tunnels, one along Tulip Street, the other along Kensington Avenue. The deadline for the move out was this week. Cherri Gregg sits down with Liz Hersh, Director of the City's Office of Homeless Services, Charito Morales, an outreach worker advocating for the homeless residents of the encampment and Amanda Fury, a resident and member of the Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, to discuss the execution of the city's plan, the immediate aftermath and next steps. 

The Newsmaker of the week is a growing initiative called "When Black Men Pray." The effort is the brain child of Nathaniel Rogers, a nightclub promoter and business owner. He joined forced with Jonathan Josey, a long-time police officer and playwright on an effort to bring black men together for prayer and support. Cherri sits down with the two men and talk about the need in the community, why it's become so popular and the vision they are working toward.

Jonathan Josey and Nate Rogers

Finally, Cherri speaks with Robert Rosa of New Leash on Life. He tells his personal story of redemption, but also discusses the non-profit's effort to save the lives of dogs once slated for euthanasia, by providing incarcerated men a second chance via job and life skills.

robert rosa

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