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Philly keeps undercounting youth experiencing homelessness

Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services is expected to soon release its annual “point in time” count of people living on the streets.

  • People 18 to 24 are habitually undercounted, advocates say, because they’ll often turn to couch-surfing and try to avoid adult shelters. Meanwhile, targeted services for these hundreds of youth are lacking.

The youth homeless count used to be conducted by an outside agency, reports Steve Volk, but the city took over — and its method is raising questions.

New city unit could make fixing potholes (and sidewalks) faster

Frustrated with city roadways and sidewalks? The Streets Department is creating a new 13-person unit that’ll help fix them faster.

  • The new crew will focus on upgrading curb ramps to be ADA-compliant, a prereq for paving potholes that also makes sidewalks more accessible. The plan calls for 1,500 ramps to get fixed this year.

That number makes up a fraction of the over 70k ramps that need updating, Jordan Levy reports, but the in-house team should also help cut costs in half.

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MAYOR WATCH

After a year of virtual schoolshifting mask mandates, and triumph, it’s the start of graduation season for the School District of Philadelphia’s seniors. Mayor Kenney congratulates the class of ’22 alongside district representatives and educators during the Our Class, Our Future celebration at the Dell Music Center. (11:25 a.m.)

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