The Citizen Updates: Our Closet

The nonprofit continues to provide clothing—and dignity—for Philadelphians from all walks of life

By Jessica Press

Ideas We Should Steal: Security Deposit Alternatives

An option for a security deposit insurance program is helping landlords and tenants fill 400,000 apartments nationwide, including some in Philly. Should it become law here, as it is in Cincinnati?

By Jill Harkins

The Truth on the Ground

The winners of last year’s Jeremy Nowak Urban Innovation Award took a deep dive into Grays Ferry. Here’s what they learned.

By Jessica Press

How to Not be San Francisco

Pro-housing activist and Philly native Sonja Trauss on how her hometown can avoid the pitfalls of Bay Area unaffordability. Yes, it might involve more building

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Updates: Sunday Love Project

The hunger-fighting organization has partnered with a Philly restaurant vet to train people who desperately need jobs: those experiencing homelessness

By Jessica Press

Ideas We Should Steal: A Fairer Evictions Court

Proposed legislation would provide free lawyers for Philly tenants at risk of evictions, similar to how defendants are guaranteed counsel in criminal court. Could it help even the playing field here, as it has in New York City?

By Steve Volk

How to Help the Hungry in Philadelphia

There are a host of easy ways to help the hungry in Philadelphia—from donating food and volunteering to organizing a food drive with friends

By Patrick Bilow

Business for Good: Shift Capital’s J-Centrel

The social-minded developer's newest project will offer residents a rent break to volunteer in Kensington. Could it solve the problem of gentrification?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy