Social Services

Murphy Vows To Fight To Keep The Heat On

by Allan Appel | Jan 25, 2016 5:05 pm

Allan Appel Photo Jasmine Sullivan, a 30-year-old single mom, lives in public housing in the Hill. She works part-time or seasonal jobs; she doesn’t have enough adequate free day care for her three young kids. So in the winter she struggles pay a $1,300 to $1,400 seasonal heating bill.

She’s experienced threats of shut-off by the utilities and several actual shut-offs over the past five years.

When that happens she said, “It’s a horrible feeling as a mom not to be able to turn on the electricity.”

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“This Is Not Babysitting”

by Staff | Oct 30, 2015 6:00 am

Lucy Gellman Photo A year ago at a Phoenix school, 7-year-old Javier Lopez choked on his lunch at a little after 11 a.m. in the morning. The cafeteria was full of children and supervisors. There were folks certified to help. No one noticed that he was unresponsive. Five minutes short of noon that same day, he was pronounced dead.

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