Giral statement on Kensington ‘encampment resolution’

HARRISBURG, May 8 – State Rep. Jose Giral, D-Phila., released the following statement today regarding the city’s closure and cleanup of Kensington Avenue from East Orleans Street to Allegheny Avenue.

“I want to thank Mayor Cherelle Parker and her administration for taking into consideration the wants and desires of our Kensington community. And I’d like to thank the behavioral health and social service workers, city workers and the Philadelphia Police Department for their efforts in the cleanup. Many in the community have expressed to me that this is the kind of direct action the city government needs to take so that Kensington can shake off the cobwebs and once again thrive.

“It’s my understanding that in the lead up to the cleanup, the city made sure to communicate that there would be ample resources — like spaces in recovery houses, treatment facilities and shelters — that would be made available on the ground in real time.

“Today was a positive step for our community and for getting the individuals who have been on Kensington Avenue the assistance and care they need.”