Need growing for Salvation Army

    In the first six months of this year, the Salvation Army reports a significant increase in requests for lodging, rent assistance and utility bills.

    According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, the organization is holding its annual “Christmas in July” collections to help address the need.

    The Salvation Army says requests for lodging have increased by 46 percent, requests for rent have increased by 29 percent and requests for utility bills have increased by 18 percent from the first half of 2010.

    Director of development for the organization’s Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division Chaz Watson tells the Philadelphia Business Journal the challenge is a crunch between increasing demand and tight resources.

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