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The Nation

About 20 private shelters in Philadelphia evicted at least 1,000 homeless people when contract negotiations with the city ended without an agreement, officials said. Jane Malone, director of homeless programs for the city’s Department of Human Services, said all those evicted Saturday had been relocated. She said the city would sever ties with the shelter operators who evicted the people. The city contracts with private shelter operators to serve the homeless. Negotiations ended late Friday without a new contract. Malone said more than 30 shelters involved in the contract dispute remained open. Those evicted represent about one-fifth of the people living in Philadelphia shelters, she said. Under the expired contract, the city paid shelters $13 a day, with a cap of $284 a month, for each homeless person.


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