3rd Oct 2013

Attorney helping to get homeless off the streets

Courier Times

It hasn’t been a bad winter so far — but that doesn’t matter to Karen Quinn.

Every winter is bad — not for her but for the people she helps.

“Food and shelter are more pressing in the winter. People who sleep in cars in the summer can’t do it in the winter. Even 32 degrees is too cold, ” she said.

Quinn, who is beginning her second term as board president of the Bucks County Housing Group, said the group’s homeless shelters in Penndel, Morrisville and Doylestown have been filled to capacity this season, just like every winter.

“They come to us in the winter. I would like to take them home with me. It’s rough sleeping in a car in the winter,” she said.

Quinn, an attorney at the Newtown Borough firm of Stief, Waite, Gross, & Sagoskin, said perhaps her biggest goal as housing group president is to push to find rental properties and eventually low-rate mortgages for those in need of assistance.

“They live paycheck-to-paycheck, and if they don’t have money, then they’re out on the street,” the Lower Makefield resident said.

With shelters in Bristol Township and Penndel, the housing group doesn’t just house the homeless temporarily.

It also provides education and employment training programs, counseling, social services and food.

“Most people that come to us are displaced homemakers or people who have been laid-off. We have whole families in really tough straits,” she said.

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