Want a Job? Get a Job.

Since The Citizen wrote about First Step Staffing in 2018, the nonprofit has placed thousands of vulnerable Philadelphians in entry level jobs around the region. Now, it’s launching Second Step to create even better opportunities for all.

By Courtney DuChene

Help Keep Philadelphians Warm

As temperatures stay low, many Philadelphians will urgently need to find warmth over the next several weeks. Here, some simple, impactful ways you can support them.

By Nina Dilworth

Help the Homeless in Philadelphia

With winter here, helping those without the warmth of home is more important than ever. Here, more than 15 ways to make a difference in the lives of homeless Philadelphians

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Guest Commentary: Tiny Houses Have a Big Problem

The favorite bourgeois solution to homelessness won’t solve the problem and reveals sneering class bias, a formerly homeless Philadelphian and City staffer says. Why aren’t we doing what actually works?

By Josh Kruger

Citizen of The Week: Joshua Santiago

Having given more than 8,000 free haircuts to people experiencing homelessness in Philly and beyond, one local father is serving up not just style, but dignity

By Emma Riverso

How to Fight Food Insecurity in Philly

Donating peanut butter! Organizing virtual food drives! Sorting cans! Here are 15 simple things you can do now to help the hungry and food-insecure citizens of Philadelphia.

By Christine Speer Lejeune

Citizens of the Week: Welcome Bread

The volunteer peanut butter and jelly brigade is helping to feed thousands of people throughout the region during the pandemic

By Elena Musher Eisenstadt

“Roll Up Your Sleeves and Get To Work”

An update on professor and activist Stephanie Sena, who is still working to uplift Philadelphians in need of food, shelter and dignity

By Isabel Mehta