City officials say tent city at 18th and Vine streets will be disappearing soon

Kim Glovas
December 30, 2019 - 5:27 pm
Tent city at 18th and Vine streets.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — You may have noticed the tent city that popped up at 18th and Vine streets a number of months ago, but the city says that encampment will be going away soon.  

Liz Hersh, director of the Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, says next Monday, Jan. 6, will be the final day for that encampment, but those living there will not be surprised.

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"We did post 30-day notice. This is actually Parks and Rec property. There is no camping on this property so we've told people you have 30 days. We've been out there every single day. Sometimes many times a day to find out who's out there, what would they like, what can we offer them," Hersh said. 

Hersh says the two biggest services being offered are housing and substance abuse treatment, particularly for opioid abuse. 

"A lot of the pop-up encampments that we've seen really are related directly to the crisis of addiction to opioids," she said. 

The tents will be stored, not thrown away.

Hersh says the pilot, called Encampment Resolution, was used in Kensington last year. It was so successful, she says, that now it's a National Best Practices program for dealing with homeless opioid users.

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CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, Liz hersh's name was misspelled.