Photos: The “Resilience Project” in Kensington

(November 7) The Philadelphia Resilience Project was launched this fall in an emergency effort to fight the area’s opioid epidemic.

According to their website, the project focuses on several key areas which include:

  • Clearing major encampments.
  • Reducing criminal activity.
  • Reducing the number of unsheltered individuals.
  • Reducing trash and litter.
  • Reducing overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases.
  • Increasing treatment options.
  • Mobilizing community response.

 

Earlier this month, hundreds of volunteers, members of the community and city workers gathered to cleanup the Kensington neighborhood. They were able to remove 103 tons of trash and debris, cleared 38 vacant lots, and cleaned 38 blocks, according to the website.

“Cleanups are just a part of the Philadelphia Resilience Project,” Mayor Kenney explained. “No child should have to walk past syringes on their way to school. No residents should feel unsafe. And no one should have to suffer through addiction without access to housing and treatment. And we’re working on all this — together.” See photos below.