Declaring opioid-plagued Kensington a disaster, Philadelphia officials announce a new rescue plan

October 3, 2018

Neighbors watch as police begin to evict people living at the Kensington Avenue encampment, one of two of Kensington's heroin camps, in Philadelphia, PA on May 30, 2018.

By Staff

In Kensington, the epicenter of Philadelphia’s opioid crisis, one thing is clear, city officials said Wednesday: What they’re doing to fix this devastated community isn’t working.

So on Wednesday, Mayor Kenney declared a disaster in the neighborhood and ordered up a new approach: An emergency operations center, away from City Hall, where staffers from relevant agencies will huddle together and figure out new solutions. The concept is to lower traditional bureaucratic walls in hopes of spurring innovative action, not just reaction.

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