poverty

News

City Council Should Ban Cashless Stores, Because Philly Can’t Afford Them

City Council has finally produced a practical idea this year that simultaneously looks out for the poor and makes life easier for the rest of […]

Business

I Love My Job: United Way CEO Bill Golderer Sets the Record Straight on Poverty in Philly

Bill Golderer, the visionary behind some of Philadelphia’s most impactful organizations, from Broad Street Ministry to Rooster Soup Co., is now at the helm of […]

News

Pew Report: Philly Remains the Poorest of America’s 10 Largest Cities

Although job numbers are up and population continues to rise, Philadelphia has maintained its unenviable position as the poorest of American’s biggest cities, according to […]

News

Philly’s Poverty Rate Is the Highest Among U.S. Big Cities

Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative released the findings of a new report on Wednesday that examined, in detail, our city’s poor. At 25.7 percent, […]

Business

Here’s How Much Income Puts You in Philadelphia’s Top 1 Percent

The gap between the country’s top earners and everyone else is, unsurprisingly, still widening, and a report from CNBC this week gives us some insight […]

News

Enough With the Free Turkeys, Politicians — Get Serious About Reducing Poverty

The older I get, the more I realize that for all of the progress Philadelphia prides itself on, there is still so much that needs […]

News

ThinkFest Recap: 3 Takeaways From Otis Bullock Jr. on Generational Poverty

Otis Bullock Jr. still remembers the first time he understood the depths of the poverty that he was born into in North Philadelphia. It was 1996, […]

News

Generational Poverty: Trying to Solve Philly’s Most Enduring Problem

Mattie McQueen was about five years old when her mother offered a surprise: “Let’s all go for ice cream.” McQueen and three of her siblings […]

Citified

The Soda Tax Battle’s Biggest Winners and Losers

One of the longest and most expensive political wars in recent Philadelphia history has come to an end. On Thursday, City Council voted 13-4 to enact a tax on […]

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Study: 670,000 Philadelphians Live In Economically Distressed Areas

Forty-three percent of Philadelphians live in “distressed” ZIP codes, according to a new report from the nonprofit Economic Innovation Group. That adds up to nearly 670,000 people, […]

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Poor Philadelphians Are Leaving $100M in Tax Credits on the Table

Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United States. There are about 395,000 people living below the poverty line here, including 126,000 children. The city’s poverty is brutal, […]

Citified

2 Years After Philadelphia’s Big Anti-Poverty Push Began, Little Has Changed

In 2013, Mayor Nutter launched “Shared Prosperity Philadelphia.” It was his administration’s first comprehensive anti-poverty initiative, and though it was arriving later than many advocates hoped […]

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The Brief: Supreme Court Candidate Gave Homophobe-Baiting Defense

1. LGBT advocates say Adams County President Judge Michael George, who is running in the state Supreme Court race as a Republican, gave a “repulsive” defense in […]

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Insider: Mayor-to-Be Kenney, Please Make Poverty a Cabinet-Level Priority

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from a Citified insider.) Philadelphia’s problematic poverty rate is an issue that demands strong action, and a cabinet-level position […]

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Op-Ed: 7 Ways To Fight Poverty In Philly

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from Community Legal Services attorneys Sharon Dietrich and Louise Hayes.) Philadelphia continues to have the highest rate of deep […]