May 17, 2021
Broke in Philly

HUD gives Chester $3.5M to help families move out of poverty

The Chester Housing Authority is one of nine agencies in the country chosen to receive this funding. The city is slated to get 56 new housing vouchers, in addition to the $3.5 million, which will pay to help people fill out lease applications, move into their new homes, and other logistical support for families. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

COVID-19 Coverage

Food insecurity seems to have risen during the pandemic. Why that’s critical for Philadelphia’s early learners.

Community and Family

Local health and hunger experts say that while exact numbers have yet to be reported, the pandemic has most likely worsened what was already one of the highest child food insecurity rates in the country. According to Feeding America, Philadelphia’s 2018 child food insecurity rate was 24.2% and the projected 2021 rate is 28.6%. | From: Chalkbeat Philadelphia (Read more.)


Income and Wages





Philly’s Black-led charter schools have alleged bias by the district. Now the claims will be investigated.

The African-American Charter Schools Coalition launched last year and now encompasses 20 schools serving 15,000 students. It has cited an analysis the group did that showed Black-led charters make up 19% of the city’s charter community but account for 87% of the schools closed or recommended for nonrenewal by the school board between 2010 and 2020. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)


Philly’s Land Bank threatened by budget cut

Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget doesn’t include new funding for the city’s Land Bank — local government’s primary vehicle for redeveloping vacant public property. The zeroed-out budget proved to be a problem the administration’s Director of Planning and Development Anne Fadullon and City Council could agree on in Wednesday’s contentious budget hearing. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

Community and Family


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