It has been less than one year since Mayor Nutter issued an Executive Order calling for the creation of an anti-poverty plan by the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), a cabinet-level office created less than a month prior.
Mayor Nutter and other collaborators announced the plan, called “Shared Prosperity Philadelphia,” today at the Parkway Central Library. Eva Gladstein, executive director of CEO, explained its five main aspects:
- Focus job creation and workforce development on adults with the greatest barriers to employment
- Expand access to public benefits and essential services
- Ensure that children enter school prepared to learn and expand opportunities for year-round learning
- Increase housing security and affordability
- Strengthen economic security and asset-building
CEO has lined up partners in the public and private sector for each of these categories. The Philadelphia Housing Authority, for example, will be a partner in assuring housing security and affordability by making sure people have access to available homebuyer assistance.
In the private sector, the nonprofit Clarifi will be working with CEO to improve financial literacy and strengthen economic security for those in poverty by further utilizing the city’s Financial Empowerment Zones.
The plan also outlines five signs of success for each category, such as specific benchmarks for increased employment, school enrollment and expanded availability of affordable housing
“This plan, Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, is about achieving greater impact, and were going to do that by actively learning from each other and from experts, and most importantly having a common agenda and common set of measurements so that we can track progress and communicate the results honestly and clearly…” Gladstein said at today’s press conference.
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