The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) was in Harrisburg in 2012 participating in the PA Cares for All rally and lobbying day to save General Assistance (GA) funds which so many HAP clients rely on. HAP joined protestors later in the year in Philadelphia when the GA program was eliminated.
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Philadelphia's annual Homeless Memorial Day – December 19, 2012
HAP staff, including Morgen Black-Smith and Margie Smith, pictured here, attended Philadelphia's annual Homeless Memorial Day on December 19th. This event is a day to remember those homeless and formerly homeless who died in 2012 and to call for an end to homelessness.

Philadelphia annual Homeless Memorial Day, December 19, 2012

Rally for General Assistance – July 31, 2012
The General Assistance program was eliminated on August 1st. On July 31st, protestors gathered outside of Governor Corbett's Philadelphia office to ask: What happens next for the 35,000 poor, sick Philadelphians who have lost their only source of income? HAP staff, including law student intern Alie Muolo, pictured here, joined the protest voicing opposition to the elimination for General Assistance.

Protestors outside Governor Corbett's Philadelphia office
HAP law student intern Alie Muolo with Philadelphia protestors.

Rally Against State Budget Cuts – May 15, 2012
On May 15th, hundreds of people gathered in Center City to tell Governor Corbett that budget cuts that harm the sickest and poorest among us harm us all. HAP staff was there to speak out against the elimination of General Assistance, which provides a very modest monthly income to many disabled homeless men and women. Please click here and ask your state representative to restore budget cuts and raise revenue.

Rally against PA state budget cuts for general assistance
HAP staff at the May 15 Philadelphia rally.

PA Cares for All Rally – May 7, 2012
HAP was in Harrisburg fighting for the restoration of General Assistance (GA) funds which so many HAP clients rely on and which Governor Corbett has threatened to eliminate. Under GA, temporarily disabled residents receive $205 a month in cash assistance.

Harrisburg, PA Rally
Steps inside the Rotunda during the rally.
Harrisburg, PA Rally
HAP staff Attorney Meg Retz at the rally.

Solutions Not Citations Press Conference & Rally – June 2, 2011
HAP staff and board members participated in the "Solutions Not Citations" press conference and rally outside City Hall on June 2nd, 2011. The event was organized to express opposition to Councilman DiCicco's Sidewalk Behavior Ordinance amendment. HAP attorneys, paralegals, and law students joined other advocates and individuals experiencing homelessness to rally against a bill that would allow police officers to issue citations and fines. Learn more »

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HAP staff and board members attended the rally to voice our opposition to Councilman DiCicco's Sidewalk Behavior Ordinance amendment.   HAP paralegal Max Steklenev, who recently became a US citizen, exercises his first amendment rights.

100,000 Homes – Making Progress Through Persistence
From May 16-May 20, 2011 the 100,000 Homes Campaign came to Philadelphia, and HAP was there! The 100,000 Homes Campaign is a national campaign started and operated by New-York-based Common Ground, with the goal of placing the 100,000 most vulnerable, long-term homeless individuals across the country into homes by July, 2013. Read about the experience of one of our summer interns as he participated in the 100,000 Homes Campaign's Philadelphia Outreach Week and had his first introduction to working with the homeless on the streets of Philadelphia.