Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the nation with about 26% of residents living below the poverty line. It is unconscionable that about 400,000 Philadelphians – including about 200,000 African-American residents – live in need.
For far too many, Philadelphia is not a city of opportunity. In too many ways, it costs more to be poor in Philadelphia.
According to the 2019 “State of the City” report produced by The Pew Charitable Trusts, “The city’s poverty rate has been stuck in the 26 percent range for the past five years, a time when the rate has dropped in many other cities. Philadelphia has nearly 400,000 residents living below the poverty line, a fact that affects numerous aspects of city life.”
Other cities are doing far better creating opportunities and supporting communities. Philadelphia cannot afford to continue to lag behind.
Mayor Jim Kenney promised to reduce poverty in Philadelphia, but his administration has failed to make progress.
To make Philadelphia a city of opportunity and to remove burdens that fall disproportionally upon our low-income residents, I offer A Better Way To Reduce Poverty And Grow Jobs For A Better Philadelphia.