Can Free Cash Solve Philly’s Poverty Problem?

More than 30 cities, including ours, have signed on to give unrestricted cash payments to some residents this year. Is this a progressive fad or the way to really fix what ails us?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

How Biden Could Make Philly Housing More Affordable

The issue is income, not high housing costs—and that, Philly 3.0’s engagement director says, is where the new president may be part of the solution

By Jon Geeting

The True Meaning of Health Care

A new financial wellness program at CHOP has helped families recoup $700,000 owed to them in an effort to tackle a critical vital sign: poverty

By Jessica Blatt Press

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020: Nick Hanauer & Ali Velshi

MSNBC’s Ali Velshi will join the venture capitalist who has made combating economic inequality his cause at our upcoming virtual Festival. Join us to hear Hanauer’s wisdom—then, act on it.

By Jessica Blatt Press

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: Jermaine Womack and Emily Callaghan

The West Philly neighbors are helping provide for the loved ones often overlooked during times like Covid-19: pets

By Sophie Borgenicht

Ideas We Should Steal: Treat Homelessness as a Health Issue

While the City and advocates continue negotiations over the homeless encampment on the Parkway, Denver and New Jersey demonstrate some much-needed new thinking

By Diana Lind

Ideas We Should Steal: RIP Medical Debt

A third of Americans have medical bills they cannot pay. A New York nonprofit has helped eliminate $2 billion of that debt for the poorest of them

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy