As outreach crews continue to look for homeless on Philadelphia’s streets in the cold weather, they have had some success.
David Holloman, director of external affairs for the city’s office of homeless services, said they have had extra teams on the streets since last week.”We have been in extended code blue since Thursday at 6 p.m.,” he said Monday. “Outreach teams are surveying the city 24 hours a day. We bring on additional teams to accommodate anyone who appears to be vulnerable or homeless who is in need of services.”Holloman said city teams have contacted almost 100 people and convinced the majority to go inside. Even more are taking advantage of a “cafe” they have set at 315 S. Broad St. up to give people a place to get warm.”We have three cafes, one which we bring on additionally for the winter season, and that cafe has been averaging 90 to 100 individuals nightly,” he said.