coronavirus

Communities can’t solve Philadelphia’s inequitable vaccine rollout alone

Our experience reveals that getting people vaccinated — doing the education and outreach necessary to even get people signed up— requires a lot of time and labor, especially in communities of color.

But in Philadelphia, the individuals and organizations doing the work are doing it for free without any funding from the city for outreach. The data on who’s and where’s getting the vaccine the fastest reveals a public cost to this ad-hoc strategy: a chasm that affects communities of color across the city and region. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

Community and Family

COVID-19 laid bare inequities in our city’s creative economy. Here’s how Philly can fix it

We must bring resources to the arts and art to our communities by directing support to individual artists and small- to medium-sized organizations in underserved areas of our city. These neighborhood-based groups bring vitality and inspiration to Philadelphia’s streets, and artists who work outside the conventional art world have a vital role to play in our city’s creative expression. | From: WHYY (Read more.)

coronavirus

Philly court order changes eviction rules

Philadelphia landlords cannot file an eviction without first applying for rental assistance and going through an eviction diversion program under a fresh court order. The unprecedented order, which came late Wednesday night after months of hard-fought negotiations between tenant advocates and landlords, went into effect Thursday. | From: WHYY (Read more.)