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Honkala’s PPEHRC builds Philadelphia tent city timed for papal visit

honkalaThe Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, co-founded by 2012 Green Party vice presidential nominee Cheri Honkala, has built a tent city in North Philadelphia, hoping to use Pope Francis’s visit to the city next week to raise awareness of homelessness in the city.

Honkala told KYW-TV, the CBS affiliate in the city, “We live in a city that hosts the Pope and conventions, but we can’t house our people.” She added, “We intend to be the welcoming committee for the Pope.”

There are currently six families in the encampment, according to Honkala, and the PPEHRC has raised about $500 for supplies. According to KYW, the Philadelphia Housing Authority will not issue keys or vouchers to the six families.

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