July 28, 2021
Broke in Philly

COVID-19 Coverage


Income and Wages


School district to purchase air purifiers for every classroom

Air purifiers using technology developed by NASA will be in every Philadelphia public school classroom when students return in August, officials said Thursday, addressing a key teachers’ union concern.

Educators ridiculed and protested a plan rolled out in February to install fans in under-ventilated rooms as a way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. | From Metro Philadelphia (Read more.)

Why Philadelpians should worry about the wildfires out west

If you noticed a haze hanging over Philadelphia lately, there’s a reason — smoke from wildfires out West and in Canada has traveled across the country and settled over the Eastern Seaboard, resulting in air quality warnings on Tuesday that started in code orange — meaning the pollution may be unhealthy for sensitive groups — and ended up in code red — unhealthy for everyone. | From WHYY (Read more.)




ACT UP Philadelphia calls for revamp of city’s housing services

To mark the end of Pride month and the ongoing fight for adequate housing, members of the Philadelphia chapter of the HIV/AIDS activism organization ACT UP held a protest outside of Mayor Jim Kenney’s condo in Old City. Around 40 ACT UP members and activists gathered to demand more plentiful permanent housing for Philadelphians facing homelessness, many of whom are Black and Brown and LGBTQ+. They also called for an overhaul of the leadership of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services (OHS). | From Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)

Community and Family


Lyft to Restart Shared Rides in Philadelphia

The cheapest option when ordering a Lyft will return to Philadelphia on Monday as the company once again begins to allow people to share rides.

The news comes as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions continue to ease in many parts of the country. However, some pandemic restrictions will still apply, like mask-wearing for all and a limit on the number of riders. | From NBC10 (Read more.)

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#HighCost of Being Broke

#BrokeinPhilly: The high cost of being broke

Broke in Philly editor Jean Friedman-Rudovsky appeared over the weekend on CBSN, CBS News’ streaming video channel, to discuss the #HighCost of Being Broke series — which launched earlier this month.

The first installment covered banking, transportation, cell phone access, food staples and more, also highlighting solutions, policies or programs or options that help alleviate some of the cost born by those who can least afford to take them on.

Visit: #HighCost (Read more.)

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