- Associated Press - Saturday, September 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Several homeless people have been evicted from a series of nooks below the connector linking Vine Street Expressway and Interstate 95 in Philadelphia.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation spokesman Gene Blaum tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://bit.ly/1Ozwxrv ) the homeless were forced from the niches earlier this month.

Workers installed barriers blocking access to the 30 bays that sit at least 15 feet above street level.

Blaum says the $9,500 project was carried out in response to community complaints and because the makeshift dwellings presented a safety threat.

Marie Nahikian, who heads the city’s Office of Supportive Housing, says people who lived there are chronically homeless residents.

She says they do outreach there regularly, but some people aren’t willing to come off the streets.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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