Two decades ago, nothing was more emblematic of blight in West Kensington and Norris Square than the abundance of trash-strewn vacant lots, havens for drug use and prostitution. Claiming the lots as yards and gardens began as a way to create some security, recalled Patricia DeCarlo, a 30-year Norris Square resident. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia filed a formal complaint against PECO in August with the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission on behalf of TURN. The group claims that PECO should have used a new formula that the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission rolled out last year for the various CAP programs throughout the state. | From: NBC10 (Read more.)
Philadelphia government is embroiled in a standoff over encampments that for months have been home to dozens of people without other housing. The situation underscores a long truth: There’s never been enough affordable housing to go around. Philly has had housing insecurity problems for at least a century. | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)
While the federal programs have changed, Pennsylvania’s normal unemployment benefits remain unaffected, and you can still apply to receive weekly benefits. But the process can be confusing. So how do you apply for unemployment, and what does the process look like? Here is what you need to know. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)
The city gave the group until Wednesday morning to pack up and get out of the camps — one on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and one on Ridge Ave. in North Philly. But by Thursday morning, it was still there — as was a barrier the group had erected across part of the parkway. | From: WHYY (Read more.)
The three-month-long protest against homelessness cast a spotlight on the lack of affordable housing and extreme poverty faced by the roughly 5,500 city residents who experience homelessness each year. | From: WHYY (Read more.)
Councilmember Helen Gym introduced a bill she announced jointly with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday afternoon that would restore Philadelphia’s now-expired eviction moratorium through Dec. 31. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)
Will a merger save struggling Einstein Hospital or increase costs for patients?