January 20, 2022

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COVID-19 Coverage

Philly parents push back against in-person learning

coronavirus

With the winter break fast ending and Hite adamant that in-person learning would continue amid the current surge of Omicron cases, several parents’ groups, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand, organized petitions and sickouts — plans to hold their children out of school — demanding their voices be heard. | From: Metro Philly (Read more.)

Health

Bebashi offering new support group to trans people of color

The team at Bebashi Transition to Hope continues to provide a safe spaces for transgender and gender nonbinary people of color through the support group The Healing Place, part of the organization’s Melanin Magic program. Melanin Magic offers a variety of services to trans and gender nonconforming folks, including access to Bebashi’s Trans Necessities Closet, HIV/STI testing and PrEP. | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)

Finance

Education

Housing

Philly has few affordable homes for multigenerational families. There are no plans to change that

Two days after 12 people died when their apartment caught fire, Philadelphia Housing Authority CEO Kelvin Jeremiah said the agency had “absolutely no indication” the intergenerational clan wanted to move out of their four-bedroom unit. But even if the family members did want to leave as relatives have told reporters, the agency would have struggled to accommodate them, especially if the family wanted all 14 to stay together in a bigger home. Of the roughly 14,000 units in its portfolio, the Philadelphia Housing Authority doesn’t have any big enough to house a group that size. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

Community and Family

Transportation

Civic and Community Engagement

Civic and Community Engagement

Pizza with a mission: Inside the hot Philly restaurant fighting recidivism

In mid-September, Philadelphia’s Down North Pizza won praise for being one of the best restaurants in the country from Bon Appétit Magazine and Good Morning America. Executive chef Michael Carter was featured prominently, dishing up Detroit-style pizza and talking about the restaurant’s mission to staff the operation with only formerly incarcerated people. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Kenney administration hired no high-level Hispanic staff and fewer Black executives last year, city controller analysis finds

“The Kenney administration will continue efforts to increase diverse recruitment and hiring, and implement new strategies to ensure equitable processes,” Lessard told Billy Penn. “Going forward, attention will be more focused on diverse recruitment efforts, particularly with respect to Black employees and Hispanic employees.” | From: Billy Penn (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Philly nonprofits to host major tree-planting project this weekend

Earlier this month, the start of a major tree-planting project coordinated by Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership supported by the Arbor Day Foundation kicked off. As the world’s largest nonprofit tree-planting organization, Arbor Day linked up with the two nonprofits to plant 200 trees along the Pennypack Creek. The project was in full swing last weekend and will continue into this Saturday, Oct. 23. | From: Metro Philly (Read more.)

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