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Southwest Philly block reopens as play street one year after shooting

For the last 60 years, Philadelphia has run its PlayStreets program, which functions both as a city-run summer camp and a free meal distribution program for families. This year, about 260 city streets will be blocked off from traffic and local block captains will distribute meals, backpacks, toys, and games for kids to play with in the street.

For Renell Powell, a retired grandma of four and assistant block captain, last summer’s COVID doldrums proved to be the perfect time to bring a PlayStreet to the 200 block of Alden St. in Southwest Philly.

“I noticed it wasn’t that many places in the area doing it,” Powell said. “I’m retired, and my grandson said, ‘Grandma, why don’t we just try a PlayStreet, give out the lunches?’ I said, ‘OK.’” | From WHYY (Read more.)

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#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.

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Financial empowerment centers help city residents improve their fiscal health

From Next City: In a typical year, between 40 and 60 families take advantage of the PHA’s homeownership program, according to online records from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But that’s a tiny percentage of the PHA’s 13,000 families in public housing and 18,600 families with Section 8 vouchers — not to mention the tens of thousands of people languishing on waiting lists for public housing or Section 8 vouchers. (Read more.)