November 19, 2018
Broke in Philly

Philly could populate Pittsburgh with its hungry

From Philadelphia Media Network: St. Francis sits on Kensington Avenue, in the heart of Philly’s perfect storm, but the suffering citywide is so severe that it lends itself to a simple, stark shorthand: We are the poorest and hungriest big city in the country, and the epicenter of the urban opioid crisis to boot. This is our reality now. (Read more.)

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Rate of births to white single moms accelerates, as low-income women wrest ‘beauty’ from hard lives

From Philadelphia Media Network: The rate of unmarried white females having babies nearly tripled between 1980 and 2016, rising from 10 percent to almost 30 percent, according to Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization. That figure, which measures births to females ages 15 to 44, is about twice as high as the 15 percent of births to unmarried white females in 1990. (Read more.)

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5 smart lessons about investing to end poverty in Philadelphia

From Generocity: Despite Philly’s many cross-sector collaborations, local government efforts and discussions — prepare yourself for this shocker — ending poverty isn’t easy, which is why it hasn’t happened yet. Indeed, as panelist and GreenLight Fund Philadelphia ED Omar Woodard put it at ImpactPHL’s recent “Investing to End Poverty” event, it’s a Gordian knot. (Read more.)

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From Philadelphia Weekly: I ran into an old colleague of mine recently who, like our publication, is a part of an initiative called Broke in Philly. Under anonymity he confided that there are problems even today that despite appearing to be on the level financially, are constantly holding him underwater. But he also noted savvy ways he’s staying afloat even though it inevitably comes to the detriment of his wallet — at times harder than he would like. (Read more.)

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Philly wants to teach retiring business owners how to sell — to their workers

From Philadelphia Media Network: On this bustling business corridor and transportation hub in West Philadelphia, most of the shops that have endured for two decades or more, the ones that solidified 52nd Street’s place as a neighborhood anchor, may soon disappear. Those owners, some of them well into their 70s and even 80s, don’t know whether their shops will live on after they can no longer work. (Read more.)

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Philly could populate Pittsburgh with its hungry

From Philadelphia Media Network: St. Francis sits on Kensington Avenue, in the heart of Philly’s perfect storm, but the suffering citywide is so severe that it lends itself to a simple, stark shorthand: We are the poorest and hungriest big city in the country, and the epicenter of the urban opioid crisis to boot. This is our reality now. (Read more.)

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Rate of births to white single moms accelerates, as low-income women wrest ‘beauty’ from hard lives

From Philadelphia Media Network: The rate of unmarried white females having babies nearly tripled between 1980 and 2016, rising from 10 percent to almost 30 percent, according to Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization. That figure, which measures births to females ages 15 to 44, is about twice as high as the 15 percent of births to unmarried white females in 1990. (Read more.)

Fear of Schuylkill Punch: Residents with lower incomes spend more on water, survey finds

From Billy Penn: Despite the unfortunate nickname, “Schuylkill Punch” has been proven plenty safe to drink, but the myth that it’s not has an unfortunate effect. In the poorest big city in the country, many people are unnecessarily spending their money on more expensive water. And Water Dept. surveys sent out this spring showed the phenomenon touches specific groups of people more than others. (Read more.)

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New Media Initiative Looks to Find Solutions to Philadelphia’s Enduring Poverty Problem

Poverty has long been a central challenge for the city of Philadelphia. Now, a collection of the region’s media organizations – including both large and general interest newsrooms and small community and ethnic media – are working to cover the issue more robustly and identify potential solutions. From: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity (Read more.)

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