RESOLUTION URGING THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA TO FULLY FUND ITS HOMELESS SERVICES BUDGET

WHEREAS, one of the greatest social problems in the City of Philadelphia is increased homelessness which affects not only the poor in our community but all of its citizenry;

WHEREAS, funding for governmental agencies which provide housing and social services for the homeless has been decreasing in recent years;

WHEREAS, the homeless population in the City of Philadelphia is increasing every year, while the City's shelter system is currently operating at a capacity basis;

WHEREAS, the mentally ill homeless population in the City is increasing at a greater rate than other portions of the homeless population within the City;

WHEREAS, the recession of 1990-1992 has also resulted in increased homelessness among individuals who were formerly employed and able to provide residences for themselves and their families;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association has consistently championed the rights of the impoverished members of our community;

WHEREAS, the Philadelphia Bar Association, in an effort to provide equal access to the law by the impoverished members of our community has continuously provided support to Community Legal Services, VIP and the Homeless Advocacy Project in an effort to help curb the growing rate of poverty and injustice suffered by many of the City's poorer population;

WHEREAS, the City of Philadelphia in recent years has budgeted approximately $13,000,000 to provide services to the homeless portion of the Philadelphia population;

WHEREAS, City funding for various projects which assist the homeless population may be eliminated or drastically cut back in an effort to reduce expenses and balance the City's budget;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED as follows:

1. The Association hereby renews its commitment to ensure that services being provided the homeless population continue at present levels, at the very least, in an effort to promote equal access to housing and social services for all homeless persons.

2. The Association hereby calls upon the Philadelphia City Council to enact the budget for the homeless as submitted by the Mayor of Philadelphia.

3. The Chancellor and staff of the Association are authorized to take such reasonable steps as the Chancellor may determine to publish and distribute its resolution calling for full funding for projects currently being funded to provide services to the City's homeless population.

4. The Association hereby calls upon the President of the United States, Senators Arlen Specter and Harris Wofford, the Pennsylvania Congressional delegation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its Governor to take immediate action to have their respective budgets reflect adequate funding for services to the homeless.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: March 26, 1992