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    Survivors have arrived in Philadelphia

    When I first heard they were coming, I was thrilled and looking forward to driving there and helping out. Rumor had it they would be staying in Center City or the Navy Yard.

    Well, they placed them in an abandoned middle school in North Philly! For those of you not familiar with North Philly, let me tell you, it's a terrible, crime ridden ghetto, notorious for drug dealers & gangs, shooting all the time, murder rate is astronomical. It's the kind of place where no one wants to live.

    I was wondering if the other states that took in survivors placed them in the worst areas or are they staying someplace decent and relatively safe?

    I won't be going to North Philly.


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    Ours are going to an unused base on Cape Cod if they come. I don't know of any bad areas of Cape Cod. We were told to prepare for 500 and did (teddy bears and all), then told we might not get any evacuees. I'm glad my state stepped up, but I am also glad we might not house any evacuees. We're a long way from LA.


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    Our evacuees are staying at the City Coliseum, which is host to many state and local sporting events, national sporting events, musical concerts, hockey, etc. It's a beautiful building with great facilities.
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    Michigan was supposed to receive about 300 people (I think), but I haven't heard yet if we actually got the people, and if so, where they were placed. I, too, am very curious about this.
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    We are getting some families today in our little Arizona town. Will see where they will put them. I plan on paying a month's rent for a family. Perhaps helping set them up.


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    According to our local paper in NJ , the city of perth amboy is renovating an abandoned apartment complex to house 100 refugges familes. While this may not be the finest area its by far not the worst either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjak
    According to our local paper in NJ , the city of perth amboy is renovating an abandoned apartment complex to house 100 refugges familes. While this may not be the finest area its by far not the worst either.

    mjak
    How odd! I live in South Jersey and heard nothing about it!

    NJ is such a small state who would imagine such a gap between news flowing north to south?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ
    How odd! I live in South Jersey and heard nothing about it!

    NJ is such a small state who would imagine such a gap between news flowing north to south?
    I have lived in both North and South Jerrsey and I can tell you the communication lines leave a lot to be desired. It Trully is bizzare. It was the Asbury Park Press which ran this article on its front page. The AP has now picked the story up and if you google perth amboy hurricane it comes up. I too would be much to afraid to go help out in North Philly!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SieSie
    Michigan was supposed to receive about 300 people (I think), but I haven't heard yet if we actually got the people, and if so, where they were placed. I, too, am very curious about this.
    SieSie-

    A few families are here. My sister has a website here with information about them, though it needs to updated. As of last night both families had received more donations than they knew what to do with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ
    When I first heard they were coming, I was thrilled and looking forward to driving there and helping out. Rumor had it they would be staying in Center City or the Navy Yard.

    Well, they placed them in an abandoned middle school in North Philly! For those of you not familiar with North Philly, let me tell you, it's a terrible, crime ridden ghetto, notorious for drug dealers & gangs, shooting all the time, murder rate is astronomical. It's the kind of place where no one wants to live.

    I was wondering if the other states that took in survivors placed them in the worst areas or are they staying someplace decent and relatively safe?

    I won't be going to North Philly.
    In San Diego, we have 600 staying at SDState University - and at least some people saying they don't like it because they're all criminals and ****s and the students shouldn't be exposed (on the other board I read which does have some real nutcases) - I suspect this feeling, fed by the reports of what happened during the disaster, may be leading to the refugees being put in isolated or bad areas. I've heard of at least one other group being placed somewhere very, very isolated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SieSie
    Michigan was supposed to receive about 300 people (I think), but I haven't heard yet if we actually got the people, and if so, where they were placed. I, too, am very curious about this.
    3 families are at the Best Western Inn in Sterling Hts - not bad accomodations at all. 200 evacuues are at the Ramada Inn in Southfield, also a nice place. If you go to ClickonDetroit.com you can see what they're looking for in the way of donations - clothing sizes and hygiene products.

    Michigan offered to take as many as 10,000 people at the Fort Custer Training center in Battle Creek but, as far as I know, that offer hasn't yet been accepted. It's also a decent area, my husband trained there years ago.

    EDIT: Oh, I see from Amanda's post that almost 300 evacuees have arrived in Battle Creek, no word if more are expected.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda7NJ
    It's the kind of place where no one wants to live.
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    Yikes. Any port in a storm as the saying goes.. is that what officials are thinking?? or maybe New Orleans was just as bad as N/ Philly?

    I just don't know what to think - old expressions keep coming into my heald like 'beggers can;t be choosers' but all of these survivors have rights and their country needs to look after them to the best of their ability. I hope they are okay in that less than desireable location.


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    Boy, once they got moving, they got quite a lot of them relocated in a relatively short period of time.

    So often times it happens that we live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ...Eagles, "Already Gone"


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    Linda, Is Northy Philly the area across the Deleware and opposite Camden?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjak
    Linda, Is Northy Philly the area across the Deleware and opposite Camden?

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    Close, but to the right and way down Broad Street going away from Center City area. It's very simular to North Camden ( Walt Whitman Bridge area)

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