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Vandals Target Shed Built for Homeless



    A local group that helps the homeless was targeted by vandals. NBC10's George Spencer has the story as well as information on what you can do to help. (Published Wednesday, June 26, 2013)

    Police are on the hunt for vandals who targeted a building built for the homeless in Levittown.

    Advocates for the Homeless is a Bucks County group that provides temporary help for the homeless, sheltering as many as 40 homeless people in churches every night during the winter. They also drive them to meals during the summer.

    The group was in the process of building a garage where they planned on storing items for the homeless, including sleeping bags, cots and toiletries. Using volunteer workers, the group managed to raise $10,000 to get the necessary supplies to build the garage. On Tuesday however, members of the group say a person or people vandalized the shed, destroying cinder blocks and other supplies. Ultimately, the vandalism caused thousands of dollars in damage.

    “It’s heartbreaking,” said Mike Hepp, one of the volunteers.

    Due to the vandalism, the completion date for the shed, originally set for July, will now have to be pushed back and money for new supplies will have to be found.

    “I pray for the people that did the damage,” said Penny Martin, one of the group members. “They definitely have problems in their own hearts.”

    Despite the pushback, Hepp is confident the building will eventually be completed.

    “We’re going to get it back and get this building up regardless,” he said.

    The church, which owns the site where the shed is being built, is considering installing security cameras. Martin is also asking some of the homeless people who the group supports to keep watch. The group also plans on filing a police report.

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