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Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964 – but the US hasn’t changed how it measures it purpose

Jul. 12, 2021 12:53 pm

Poverty in 2021 looks different than in 1964 – but the US hasn’t changed how it measures it

Many Americans in the past have been rudely surprised at just how inadequate America’s safety net is, at least in part because it’s based on outdated federal poverty thresholds, says guest columnist Mark Rank.
Disappearing benefit packages leave workers with chronic economic insecurity purpose

May 5, 2021 2:58 pm

Disappearing benefit packages leave workers with chronic economic insecurity

Many low-wage workers turn to the governmental safety net for their benefits package to supplement their paychecks. But our country’s governmental safety net is best described as a collection of inadequate assistance programs that vary state to state. 
Need help restoring utilities or preventing foreclosure? Legal help is available by phone purpose

Apr. 13, 2020 7:25 am

Need help restoring utilities or preventing foreclosure? Legal help is available by phone

Community Legal Services has closed its physical doors, but the staff is still helping Philadelphians deal with pressing legal issues, says Dawn Williams, one of the nonprofit's managing attorneys.
Systems blocking people from self-sufficiency purpose

Oct. 14, 2019 8:00 am

Systems blocking people from self-sufficiency

The reality of losing public benefits due to achieving economically is frightening, but it is possible to navigate with preparation, says guest columnist David Griffith of Episcopal Community Services.
BenePhilly is celebrating 10 years of increased access to public benefits by opening 6 new locations results

Oct. 12, 2018 11:49 am

BenePhilly is celebrating 10 years of increased access to public benefits by opening 6 new locations

Benefits Data Trust's eligibility-screening centers will open at four community schools and two city health centers in December.
A new SNAP form for Pennsylvania seniors got 50% more applications — but it’s not enough method

Dec. 6, 2017 11:50 am

A new SNAP form for Pennsylvania seniors got 50% more applications — but it’s not enough

It's now a lot easier for older adults and those receiving disability benefits to apply for food assistance. Why aren't more of them doing it?
Campaign for Working Families helps Philadelphia’s low-income residents get their taxes done for free results

Feb. 13, 2015 11:31 am

Campaign for Working Families helps Philadelphia’s low-income residents get their taxes done for free

When taxes are done correctly, the result for low-income residents can mean valuable tax credits and refunds that go a long way in a family’s annual budget. For instance, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a tax credit that helps qualifying individuals (in 2014, those who earned less than $52,427 who are married and […]
Philly, here’s your impact for January: OpenAccessPHL, #ReclaimMLK, Homeless Count and more purpose

Feb. 4, 2015 1:12 pm

Philly, here’s your impact for January: OpenAccessPHL, #ReclaimMLK, Homeless Count and more

2015 started off with big movements and innovative new programs – check out these highlights from January: [listly  id=”ZYy” layout=”magazine” show_header=”false” show_author=”false” show_sharing=”false” show_tools=”false” per_page=”25″]
Weavers Way Launches New Food for All Program people

Jan. 28, 2015 11:29 am

Weavers Way Launches New Food for All Program

Co-ops across the country, including West Philadelphia’s Mariposa Food Co-op, are developing programs to help low-income residents get access to healthy, local food. Weavers Way Co-op‘s Food Justice Committee, chaired by former board members Nathea Lee and Sue Wasserkrug, looked at these programs when it came to developing Weavers Way’s own program for lower income residents. “For example, GreenStar […]
Shared Prosperity Roundtable Looks at Making Public Benefits Work for Families in Transition people

Dec. 16, 2014 12:29 pm

Shared Prosperity Roundtable Looks at Making Public Benefits Work for Families in Transition

Shared Prosperity, the city’s cross-sector initiative to reduce poverty, held one of its periodic round table discussions last Friday, December 12. The discussions bring experts and members of the community into the same room to talk about problems and solutions surrounding poverty. “What we try and do at each round table is to take an […]