[Hpn] Airport police overlook growing homeless problem

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PHILADELPHIA PA. Feb 20 2008 - There's a problem at Philadelphia =
International Airport, and this isn't about baggage or flight delays.
It's about the unofficial welcoming committee greeting passengers.
Philadelphia International Airport is often the first and last place =
visitors see, and what they're seeing late at night isn't always a =
pretty picture, Lu Ann Cahn reported.
The airport smells. It smells like homeless people," said frequent flier =
Joel Brazy.
There are urine stains on the wall. Police said some of the homeless =
defecate where they sleep and you later sit.
"I would imagine that the police officers would chase them out," one =
female traveler said.
But airport police told Cahn that it's a problem they can do little =
about.
On one night, Philadelphia affliate NBC 10 cameras find about a dozen =
homeless people in baggage Terminal B, and Cahn said she was told that, =
on some nights, they fill every seat there.
"I mean it's better than them freezing outside," a young, female flier =
said.
"By the grace of God go I," said a male traveler.
There's compassion. There's also concern about what this says about =
Philadelphia.
"To have as many homeless as we have here is really kind of an =
embarrassment," Brazy said. "This is the only airport I've seen in the =
country - and, for that matter, almost anywhere in the world - that has =
homeless people wandering around."
"I think they should worry about their own business," said 18-year-old =
Doug Ryan, who believes he's the newest homeless person to arrive at the =
airport.
"It's warm. It's warm, they don't kick you out, so it's not the worst =
place," Ryan said.
"What are you doing for food?" Cahn asked.
"Trash cans," Ryan answered. "As you can see, there's like a pretzel =
store right there. Some people throw away their food, and I'll eat it."
Airport officials refused to talk about the problem on camera, but they =
have put money into it. The NBC 10 Investigators have learned the =
airport spends $150,000 a year to deal with its homeless population.
"Is there any evidence that the $150,000 is succeeding in some way, =
doing something?" Cahn asked.
"That's a good question," replied Gary Brown, a spokesman for the city's =
Department of Behavioral Health.
Brown said the money pays for contracted outreach workers to counsel =
homeless at the airport about five times a week. They can encourage the =
homeless to go to shelters, but they can't force them to leave. And =
neither can police.
"So the only way someone would have the authority to move them would be =
if they were a danger to themselves or others?" Cahn asked.
"That's my opinion," Brown said. "The bottom line is people who are =
homeless need permanent housing solutions."
"It's just not appropriate. That's not who we are and what we're about," =
said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. "If we have a heart, we're going =
to extend our hand and make sure that people get the services they need =
to get off the streets or out of the airport."
"Someone told me today, like, 'You smell bad,'" Ryan said.
Still, Ryan said he likes the airport of brotherly love.
Asked if he thinks it gives Philadelphia a bad image, Ryan answered, =
"No. It's Philadelphia. Have you, like, seen Philadelphia's streets? =
They're not the best."

















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<DIV><STRONG>PHILADELPHIA PA. Feb 20 2008</STRONG> =97 There=92s a =
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passengers.<BR>Philadelphia International Airport is often the first and =
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picture, Lu Ann Cahn reported.<BR>The airport smells. It smells like =
homeless=20
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the wall.=20
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sit.<BR>=93I would imagine that the police officers would chase them =
out,=94 one=20
female traveler said.<BR>But airport police told Cahn that it=92s a =
problem they=20
can do little about.<BR>On one night, Philadelphia affliate NBC 10 =
cameras find=20
about a dozen homeless people in baggage Terminal B, and Cahn said she =
was told=20
that, on some nights, they fill every seat there.<BR>=93I mean it=92s =
better than=20
them freezing outside,=94 a young, female flier said.<BR>=93By the grace =
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concern about what=20
this says about Philadelphia.<BR>=93To have as many homeless as we have =
here is=20
really kind of an embarrassment,=94 Brazy said. =93This is the only =
airport I=92ve=20
seen in the country =97 and, for that matter, almost anywhere in the =
world =97 that=20
has homeless people wandering around.=94<BR>=93I think they should worry =
about their=20
own business,=94 said 18-year-old Doug Ryan, who believes he=92s the =
newest homeless=20
person to arrive at the airport.<BR>=93It=92s warm. It=92s warm, they =
don=92t kick you=20
out, so it=92s not the worst place,=94 Ryan said.<BR>=93What are you =
doing for food?=94=20
Cahn asked.<BR>=93Trash cans,=94 Ryan answered. =93As you can see, =
there=92s like a=20
pretzel store right there. Some people throw away their food, and I=92ll =
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it.=94<BR>Airport officials refused to talk about the problem on camera, =
but they=20
have put money into it. The NBC 10 Investigators have learned the =
airport spends=20
$150,000 a year to deal with its homeless population.<BR>=93Is there any =
evidence=20
that the $150,000 is succeeding in some way, doing something?=94 Cahn=20
asked.<BR>=93That=92s a good question,=94 replied Gary Brown, a =
spokesman for the=20
city=92s Department of Behavioral Health.<BR>Brown said the money pays =
for=20
contracted outreach workers to counsel homeless at the airport about =
five times=20
a week. They can encourage the homeless to go to shelters, but they =
can=92t force=20
them to leave. And neither can police.<BR>=93So the only way someone =
would have=20
the authority to move them would be if they were a danger to themselves =
or=20
others?=94 Cahn asked.<BR>=93That=92s my opinion,=94 Brown said. =93The =
bottom line is=20
people who are homeless need permanent housing =
solutions.=94<BR>=93It=92s just not=20
appropriate. That=92s not who we are and what we=92re about,=94 said =
Philadelphia=20
Mayor Michael Nutter. =93If we have a heart, we=92re going to extend our =
hand and=20
make sure that people get the services they need to get off the streets =
or out=20
of the airport.=94<BR>=93Someone told me today, like, =91You smell =
bad,=92=94 Ryan=20
said.<BR>Still, Ryan said he likes the airport of brotherly =
love.<BR>Asked if he=20
thinks it gives Philadelphia a bad image, Ryan answered, =93No. It=92s =
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