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Philadelphia accused of undercounting homeless young adults
- Advocates for the homeless are accusing Philadelphia's Office of Homeless Services of doing a poor job of counting young adults, ages 18-24, who are experiencing homelessness. Activists like David Fair, a co-chair for Philly Homes 4 Youth, said that these counts can be used to not award funding for groups attempting to address youth homelessness. “They have said to us, ‘You’re asking for 20% but young people are only 9% of the city’s homeless,'” Fair said. “And they know that’s an undercount.”
Two former cops win $1 million in discrimination verdict against city
- Two former women police officers were awarded $1 million in a verdict against the city over charges of gender discrimination and sexual harassment. A federal jury ruled that Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer Allen faced a hostile work environment that included being given undesirable jobs, changing shifts and sexual harassment. These claims caused former Commissioner Richard Ross to resign after McCowan accused him of retaliating against Allen for a failed romantic relationship.
Chester considers monetizing water authority to stave off bankruptcy
- Chester Receiver Michael Doweary and his chief of staff, Vijay Kapoor spoke at the city's Financial Recovery Advisory Committee (MFRAC) meeting to discuss looming bankruptcy. Two of the major issues the city faces are with the police pension fund and general operating expenses and more problems just keep piling on. Kapoor said the only way out is radically overhauling the city's water authority, either by selling it to a private company or putting the CWA in public hands.
Psychologists discuss how to talk to kids after another school shooting
- On Tuesday 21 people were killed, 19 of which were children, at an elementary school in Texas. Psychologists in Philadelphia are discussing how to speak to your own children about school shootings and gun violence in the U.S. A Philadelphia school counselor urges parents to not be afraid to discuss this topic with children and to freely show their emotions in order to normalize feeling disgusted, sad, angry or grief around each other.