The Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU) is a multiracial organization of, by and for poor and homeless people. We believe that we have a right to thrive – not just barely survive. KWRU is dedicated to organizing of welfare recipients, the homeless, the working poor and all people concerned with economic justice.
– The film “Explicit Ills” by Mark Webber, filmed here in Philadelphia with KWRU members, founder Cheri Honkala, and a great cast including Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Tim Dowlin, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Frankie Shaw, is out on DVD. Get it through Netflix or Blockbuster.
– The federal government is set to release economic stimulus money in Philadelphia, millions of it to specifically solve the problem of homeless families in the city. Secretary Donovan said HUD released $1.2 billion in federal stimulus money yesterday to cities and states to help people hold onto their homes and to rapidly rehouse those already in shelters.
The federal aid will be used, for instance, to pay delinquent utility bills or cover security deposits on apartments.
Philadelphia will receive $21.4 million of that stimulus money over three years. Dainette Mintz, director of the city Office of Supportive Housing, said the first grants should be made in August.
See the July 10th Inquirer article in our Links section.
– KWRU needs your financial support! Long-standing grant support is increasingly threatened and we who believe in fighting for economic human rights in Philadelphia must give what we can. Please send checks or money orders to KWRU at PO Box 50678, Philadelphia 19132.