City Takes Action

Ken Sweeney seals up an opening in former Ascension of Our Lord church in Philadelphia, PA on July 8, 2017.

After this column posted on Philly.com on Friday, Lauren Hitt, a spokeswoman for Mayor Kenney, said the city would shut the building and dispatch social workers to help those inside. Later Friday, the city's Department of Licenses & Inspections checked the building. On Saturday, the owner had a crew seal the former church's doors. On both days, city social workers went to the site to offer help to those inside, but no one accepted their offer.