New Faces of Homelessness in Philadelphia

By Lu Ann Cahn
|  Friday, Jun 28, 2013  |  Updated 10:42 PM EDT
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Sister Mary Scullion says the number of homeless people living on Philadelphia streets through the night is down, but the number of people living in city shelters is up in Philadelphia. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn reports.

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Sister Mary Scullion says the number of homeless people living on Philadelphia streets through the night is down, but the number of people living in city shelters is up in Philadelphia. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn reports.

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The number of homeless people living on Philadelphia's streets is down 15%, according to the Office of Supportive Housing.

But homeless advocate Sister Mary Scullion, of Project Home, says while the number of people living on the streets is down, the number of people staying in city shelters is up.

"Government continues to fray the social fabric one cut at a time and we are beginning to see, not people that are chronically homeless on the street, but new faces every single day coming onto our streets," said Sister Mary Scullion, of Project Home.

Last year, the largest men's shelter on Ridge Avenue closed, leaving more men with no place to go.

Antoine Coleman tells NBC10's Luann Cahn that he's been on the streets for about a year since he lost his job as a baker. "Not enough jobs, not enough resources," said Coleman.

Philadelphia says if you walk by someone on the street who needs help, call the Homeless Outreach Hotline 215-232-1984.

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