The clean up of the camp on Kensington Avenue is complete

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — An encampment along part of Kensington Avenue in the Kensington section of Philadelphia was cleared out on Wednesday morning, but the question remains: what happens now?
The effort, which the city called an “encampment resolution,” started around 7 a.m., an hour earlier than city officials said it would.
Tape wrapped around the perimeter of the targeted zone, stretching two blocks down Kensington Avenue from Allegheny Avenue to East Orleans Street.
Philadelphia police prevented people from going into the work zone, as trucks and crews rolled up and down the street.
As for where people will go: the city said more than 40 people from the encampment area did get into services for drug addiction and/or homeless services.
A day before the major effort to clean up the neighborhood, Mayor Parker held a budget town hall at Rock Ministries.
Rock Ministries has played a crucial role in assisting the city’s effort to provide outreach.
“Every person we get out of there back here into detox is one less body they have to deal with on the street,” said Kevin Bernard, the chaplain and security director for Rock Ministries.

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PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A camp near Kensington Avenue in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia was evacuated on Wednesday morning, but the question of what will happen next still needs to be answered.

The initiative began at around seven in the morning and was dubbed an “encampment resolution” by the city. me. an hour ahead of schedule according to city authorities.

The targeted zone was taped off, extending two blocks down Kensington Avenue from Allegheny Avenue to East Orleans Street.

Police in Philadelphia stopped people from entering the work zone while crews and trucks passed by on the street.

Over a two-block stretch, people were removed from the sidewalk along with tents and other structures.

Drug use has long been common in this area. For the past month, individuals there have been assisted by outreach teams and social service organizations in locating drug treatment and housing.

By 10 a.m., the work was finished. m.

Still, a lot of people are wondering what comes next after this encampment cleanup.

Adam Greer, the director of public safety for Philadelphia, advised locals to get in touch with the city if they witness anyone erecting tents or other structures.

There will be resources available to us. We’ll be watching to make sure things don’t go back to how they were,” Greer declared.

A 30-day notice of eviction is part of a policy the city has in place, dating back to the Mayor Jim Kenney administration in 2017.

They are prohibited from erecting structures after that.

Action News is questioning local officials about the frequency of such incidents in the area, given that the incident occurred within a two-block radius.

Concerning the whereabouts of the individuals, the city reported that over forty residents of the encampment area had sought help for drug addiction and/or homelessness.

It is unknown exactly where those who decline treatment will go. For privacy concerns, the Mayor Cherelle Parker’s office stated that the locations are not being disclosed.

Mayor Parker hosted an inexpensive town hall at Rock Ministries the day before the neighborhood’s major cleanup effort. By providing outreach programs and assistance to addicts and those in need, the church serves the community.

In supporting the city’s outreach initiatives, Rock Ministries has been instrumental.

The chaplain and security director of Rock Ministries, Kevin Bernard, said, “Everybody we get out of there back here into detox is one less body they have to deal with on the street.”.

READ MORE: Kensington cleanup being assisted by Philadelphia’s Rock Ministries.

“We know there’s a problem; it’s been systemic for many years, and the solution, in my opinion, starts with the mayor,” said Buddy Osborn, the senior pastor and founder of the church. ****.

Although they’re not sure if things will stay that way, community members want change.

This is too big of a problem to continue treating with band-aid solutions. Rosalind Pichardo, the director of Operation Save Our City, stated that it is unacceptable to do so.

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