November 27, 2013 |
The number of children living in poverty in Delaware County increased by 30 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a new report. Around 21,000 children 17 and under were living in poverty in the county in 2012, according to the report by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), a youth advocacy and research nonprofit in Philadelphia. That's a county child-poverty rate of 16.7 percent, PCCY reported. According to the agency's calculations, the Delaware County child-poverty rate is the highest among the four Pennsylvania suburban counties, PCCY officials said at a news conference in the food pantry at the Bernardine Center in Chester on Monday.
November 5, 2013 |
THE PROBLEM is painfully clear: Philadelphia, with more than one in four residents in poverty, is the poorest of the nation's big cities, and has been for a long time. The solution? Impossibly complex. To tackle the issue, Mayor Nutter this year is attempting to reform the city's antipoverty agency, the Mayor's Office of Community Services (MOCS), which for years has been a patronage dumping ground with a scattershot agenda and a budget that's poached by other city departments.
November 5, 2013 |
TO PLUG budget deficits, cities raise taxes or cut services, or both. To fix potholes, they send out workers to patch the street. To prevent fires, they distribute smoke detectors and encourage safe building practices. But what can local government do about a problem like poverty? "Poverty is affected by so many international and national factors," said Eva Gladstein, executive director of the city's anti-poverty agency, the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity.
October 26, 2013 |
Deep poverty appears to be accelerating in Delaware and Camden Counties, as the poorest of the poor scramble for rent, heat, and food. In the city of Chester, Donald Grover, 47, and his wife, Melissa Zirilli, 43, can't do their jobs - he because the home-remodeling firm he works for cut his time from 60 hours a week to nearly nothing, she because debilitating seizures keep her from being a nurse's aide. In the city of Camden, Mark Woodall, 49, once a construction worker and a trained cook, now makes $10 an hour in a soup kitchen as he and his out-of-work fiancee are forced to live on a street he says is thronged with armed teenagers "without morals.
October 14, 2013 |
Many people smoke after they've eaten. Lindell Harvey smokes because he hasn't. "You smoke out of anxiety because you don't have the food you need," said Harvey, 54, who lives alone in Crum Lynne, Delaware County. He receives disability checks from the Navy that keep him $2,000 below the poverty line. Harvey relies on his Newports to see him through his hard days. "In my mind, the smoking becomes a comfort as I try to create ways to get food. " In lives where people endure a dearth of nearly everything important - food, jobs, medical care, a safe place to live - the poor suffer an abundance of one thing: Nicotine.
October 11, 2013 |
If Ivy Maude Jones could still work, life would be easier. Cleaning houses, caring for the sick, toiling in corporate cafeterias - Jones always had money coming in, right up until the North Philadelphia woman retired two years ago at age 74, when her heart and thyroid conspired to end her clock-punching days. But like many American elderly, Jones is now struggling without a paycheck. Her tiny pension and Social Security income can't save her from a crushing poverty that could soon have her living on the streets.
October 1, 2013 |
Stevie Wonder gave an electrifying performance in New York's Central Park before thousands of fans and several world leaders Saturday, singing hits and calling for an end to poverty at the Global Citizen Festival. After a rousing intro by Bono , he wowed the audiences at the second annual event; last year's featured Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Foo Fighters, and the Black Keys and drew pledges of $1.3 billion. The festival, which coincides with the U.N. General Assembly, was attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf . Performers included Kings of Leon and Alicia Keys , who said, "I believe if we don't care about each other, who will?
September 20, 2013 |
The poverty rate in Philadelphia fell last year while the need for food stamps grew, a seeming paradox teased out by the widely respected American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census. What it means, experts say, is that the economy may be yielding low-wage jobs that lift some people out of poverty, but ultimately the jobs don't pay enough to feed their families. A similar pattern was repeated in Camden, where the poverty rate dipped from a startling 43 percent to 39 percent, while food-stamp need rose 12.6 percentage points between 2011 and 2012.
September 9, 2013 |
Poverty in New Jersey has reached levels not seen in 50 years, as more than two million people from Sussex to Cape May Counties founder in a deepening struggle to keep themselves and their families fed, housed, and healthy. The troubling findings, part of a report spotlighting poverty in 2011, were released Sunday by Legal Services of New Jersey's Poverty Research Institute. The report is called "Poverty Benchmarks 2013. " While the recession ended in 2009, the report shows, the misery it wrought - most notably upon children - has continued.
July 28, 2013 |
In what advocates for the poor perceive as a puzzling irony, a Republican lawmaker from western Pennsylvania has embarked on a statewide tour to examine and discuss poverty. Rep. Dave Reed of Indiana County, chairman of the House Majority Policy Committee, said it was time "to truly re-evaluate government's approach to fighting poverty," adding that "a discussion on poverty is long overdue. " All too often, Reed said, "Republicans fail to recognize poverty as a real issue. And Democrats think that throwing more money at issues solves problems.