City officials give update on cleanup of neighborhoods hardest hit by opioids

Justin Udo
December 18, 2018 - 9:52 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia officials give a report, and get some reviews, on Mayor Jim Kenney's opioid emergency response executive order.

The Philadelphia Resilience Project is aimed at cleaning up Kensington and surrounding neighborhoods hit hard by the opioid epidemic.

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Donna says she wants to see more out of the initiative that's about 10 weeks old.  She says the needles and drug users that plague her neighborhood are unacceptable.

“I know they are people, but see this little guy next to me, he's a people too, she said.” He can't go outside to play.”

During a community meeting Tuesday night Donna and other residents came out for a progress report on the cleanup.

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Jasmin Velez says, from needle disposal boxes to the cleanup of drug encampments, she's happy with the work being done.

“Just really seeing those changes, I think is inspiring,” she said. “Over the last few months, it's been immaculate compared to what it used to be like.”

Joanna Otero-Cruz, the city's deputy managing director of community services, says from continuing to remove encampments to getting people who are on drugs help, they have 100 goals they want to reach.

“We're really focused on policies that have to be implemented along with the actual operational piece,” she said.