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Opinion

Biden’s COVID-19 strategy should prioritize low-income communities like Philly’s | Opinion

The pandemic has hit poor communities like much of Philadelphia hard.

Philly’s housing agency taps nonprofits to build affordable housing on 240 city-owned lots

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is tapping into a network of neighborhood groups to help the city alleviate its shortage of affordable homes.

Philly’s housing agency taps nonprofits to build affordable housing on 240 city-owned lots

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is tapping into a network of neighborhood groups to help the city alleviate its shortage of affordable homes.

Philly’s restaurant industry workers are worried: ‘I have maybe three months where I’ll be OK financially.’

“I feel like this is really going to crush the Philly service industry, and I don’t know if it can bounce back.”

Philly’s restaurant industry workers are worried: ‘I have maybe three months where I’ll be OK financially.’

“I feel like this is really going to crush the Philly service industry, and I don’t know if it can bounce back.”

Six-week shutdown could mean a ‘year without Christmas’ for Philly businesses

Office occupancy is down 85% from what it was pre-pandemic. That’s just one of the challenges facing Philly businesses this year.

Six-week shutdown could mean a ‘year without Christmas’ for Philly businesses

Office occupancy is down 85% from what it was pre-pandemic. That’s just one of the challenges facing Philly businesses this year.
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It’s all on the line for SEPTA and its riders, from service cuts to layoffs

“We know that if there is not a funding relief or solution coming our way, our only choices will be to make cuts,” said SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards.

Opinion

Utilities shutoffs during the pandemic are a nightmare Pa. should end | Opinion

By ending the statewide moratorium on utility payments, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission risks putting many in financial precarity.

Coronavirus stimulus checks could be on their way to about 64,000 Philly households if they act now

Most of the households that didn't get stimulus checks do not usually file a tax return because they have little or no income.

Philadelphia City Council votes to create a nonprofit fund aimed at pulling 100,000 out of poverty

Philadelphia City Council passed a pair of bills Thursday that would create a nonprofit fund with $10 million to tackle poverty in the nation’s poorest big city.

At holiday time, donations to many food charities aren’t keeping up with pandemic-fueled need

Around 19% of grocery shoppers — nearly one in five — say they have gotten charitable food since the pandemic started, according to a national survey.

Philadelphia’s affordable housing strategy depends on repairing existing homes

Philadelphia's housing plan identifies revitalizing existing housing stock as one of the city's greatest challenges. But it’s also one of its biggest chances to address a lack of affordable housing.

Philly housing crisis looms as eviction moratorium legislation stalls in City Council

There are about 2,000 eviction cases that began before the pandemic that may move forward, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia said.

What to look for before you sign a lease

What should you look for in a lease? We break down some of the basics, including fees, repairs, subletting and renewals.

Yes, it’s OK to use cash again

Do we really need to be concerned about getting coronavirus from cash? Probably not. And a lot of people need to use it. Here are the facts.

Utilities can soon cut off nonpaying customers, Pa. says, but the poorest customers are protected

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted 3-1 Thursday to lift the ban on service terminations, starting Nov. 9, but it also put in safeguards for struggling families and small businesses.

Homeless encampment at PHA in North Philly clears out after city and activists reach agreement

The final 20 encampment occupants left between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday, after agreements were reached over the weekend.

Struggling families’ diaper need is growing as pandemic grinds on

Last year, the Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank distributed 820,000 diapers. Since the coronavirus took hold in March and people began losing jobs, 1.4 million have been given out,

Changing their minds, and their lives: A way out of poverty in Philadelphia

Episcopal Community Services uses brain science to fight poverty in Philadelphia. It is part of a trend in human services and health care to rely on evidence accumulated through scientific research.