Income and Wages

Meet the 2.5 Percent: Philly Black Business Owners in Food Service

Just as the city began moving toward reopening, protests and riots in early June led to altered traffic patterns and looting, forcing many businesses to board up their windows or completely shift their plans to reopen. These conditions have been particularly tough for Black-owned food businesses in the city who may not have the same safety-nets and access to capital as their white peers. | From: Philadelphia Magazine (Read more.)


Period poverty is an unknown consequence of coronavirus shutdowns | Opinion

In Philadelphia, 81% of students in public schools live in poverty. Many students rely on products supplied by their nurses, but these resources are at times insufficient. Some students even take to using socks and other makeshift materials as pads. With schools closed, and the economic effects of the coronavirus disproportionately impacting lower-income communities, where does that leave these students? | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)


Philly Plans to Open Cooling Centers as Heat Wave Nears, But Details Scant

Philadelphia is expected to begin experiencing temperatures at or above 90 degrees along with high humidity, which is a threat to vulnerable populations, including infants, children, the elderly, and those with preexisting conditions. However, the city won’t release guidance on how it will reopen cooling centers until it gets closer to the time when it has to declare a heat emergency. | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)


A plan to control development in North Philly heightens gentrification fears: ‘Everything is in jeopardy’

West Kensington, one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods, is the latest battlefield in a contest over what Philadelphia will become. The area is pockmarked with abandoned properties, and community residents see an opportunity for low-income housing, community centers, or preservation of the homegrown gardens that are a hallmark of the area. But concerns about rising costs and gentrification are present too. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)