Public Statement on Fire at Gloria’s Place
December 22, 2023
At 6:00 AM on Friday, December 22 a fire was reported on the second floor of Gloria’s Place. It set off the building’s fire protection and alarm system. Staff on duty directed an immediate evacuation of the building. No one was injured. The fire department reported to the building and extinguished the fire. The fire and water damage was contained to five rooms on the first and second floors.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Families were sheltered at one of HopePHL’s nearby buildings until the department of Licenses & Inspections determined that the area was safe to reenter and examine damage to any personal property.
Leadership and staff are working with the Office of Homeless Services (OHS) and Department of Human Services (DHS) to relocate youth, teens, and families who had occupied the fire and water damaged rooms to other spaces at HopePHL or other agencies.
We extend our sincere appreciation to the staff on duty who evacuated every resident from the building promptly and safely. HopePHL is grateful to the members of the fire department, OHS, DHS and partner agencies for their readiness to assist HopePHL and our families at this difficult time.
Any questions can be directed to Trish Downey, Sr. Director of External Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 215-888-6364. If you would like to help us respond to ongoing needs as they arise, contributions can be made at https://www.hopephl.org/donate.html.
December 21, 2023
On November 27, 2023, HopePHL received news that the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS) planned to eliminate funding to HopePHL’s emergency shelter effective January 1, 2024. Currently the emergency shelter, which started in a church basement and later became Gloria’s Place (now located at 3902 Spring Garden Street) houses 6 adults and 43 children and has served as the bedrock of our mission, caring for an estimated 2,500 families since our preceding organization, People’s Emergency Center, launched in 1972.
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