Income and Wages

Struggles, part II

From Philadelphia Weekly: Two weeks ago, I shared a pair of stories a former colleague told me about how he navigates the dance classified as working poor. Since telling his story via my column, I’ve received numerous emails from readers (and thank you) who’ve shared similar tales of what they go through just to survive a day-to-day. (Read more.)


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.)


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.)