As some of you have seen on your way to the subway or shopping on Broad Street, the opioid crisis is hitting close to home, right at Broad and Snyder. There are ways you can help those affected by this horrible epidemic. One is through a donation to Prevention Point!
For those of you unfamiliar with Prevention Point, it is a local organization dedicated to ‘harm reduction’ – which aims to reduce the harm associated with drug use in people unable or unwilling to stop. Prevention Point offers many free resources to those in need, such as a syringe exchange program (which helps prevent the spread of HIV and Hepatitis), HIV/HCV testing, medical clinics, legal clinics, and even shelter and meals.
Prevention Point also provides overdose reversal training to teach organizations, providers, and community members how to properly use Narcan to save lives.
For cities such as Philadelphia, organizations like Prevention Point play an important role by serving some of the most vulnerable members of society. Numerous medical and professional organizations have studied syringe exchange and concluded that it is a highly effective way to prevent the spread of HIV and does not encourage drug use. It also creates a point of contact to link people who use drugs and sex workers with treatment, medical care, legal advocacy, housing, job training and other social services.
For our annual charitable giving, we will be collecting physical items from the list below, as well as monetary donations, which will be given to Prevention Point in January. A donation box will be located in the main lobby of the East Passyunk Crossing Recreation Center on the corner of 11th and Mifflin.
Please join us for our monthly zoning meeting, coming up this Wednesday, October 10th at 7pm. Meetings are held at the East Passyunk Community Rec Center at 1025 Mifflin Street. All are welcome to attend. See this month’s agenda, below.
The September Zoning meeting will be held this Wednesday, September 12th, at 7pm at the East Passyunk Crossing Community Center, 1025 Mifflin Street. Come out to hear about these upcoming projects:
1630 South 9th Street (RSA-5)
For the legalization of a multifamily (three dwelling units) in an existing building.
600 Moore Street (RSA-5, CMX-2, RM-1)
For the lot adjustment to create four lots (Parcel A, Parcel B, Parcel C and Parcel D) from one OPA account (604-42 Moore St) as follows:
For the demolition of existing structutre on lot;
Parcel D: For the erection of an attached structure (not to exceed 38’ high); roof deck accessed by a pilot house for a multi-family household living (25 dwelling units) from cellar through third floors with forty-two accessory parking spaces including two accessible spaces including two van accessible spaces, eleven compact spaces, five electric van spaces and with nine bicycle spaces at ground floor on an accessible route.
EPX General Meetings are scheduled from September through June. During the July and August summer months, we take a break from regularly-scheduled meetings. However, we do host Zoning meetings on the second Wednesday of each month.
Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Summer Social in August!
Due to the inclement weather, we have decided to cancel our January Membership Meeting, as the City of Philadelphia has closed their offices (which includes the East Passyunk Crossing Community Center). Please save the date for our February Membership Meeting, which will take place Monday, February 5 at 7pm. Stay safe and warm out there!