November 26, 2014 |
"It is a time . . . when want is keenly felt, and abundance rejoices. " - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Despite biblical assurances on the awful staying power of poverty, Mayor Nutter deserves credit for launching a high-profile effort to whittle away at the number of poor living in Philadelphia. With poverty clouding the future prospects for one in four Philadelphians - many of them children - parts of the city might offer reminders of Dickensian London, but for the fact of a robust social safety net (not to mention modern sanitation methods)
January 23, 2014 |
A week before President Obama is to deliver his State of the Union address, Sen. Robert P. Casey of Pennsylvania is joining a growing chorus of Democratic legislators calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. In a wide-ranging conference call with reporters Tuesday that focused on income inequality, Casey reiterated his support for the Fair Minimum Wage Act, a bill introduced last year that he cosponsored. Supported by Obama and other Democrats, the bill would raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from its current $7.25.
September 19, 2014 |
New Jersey registered the highest increase in the number of poor people in America between 2012 and 2013, while poverty dropped slightly in Philadelphia. In South Jersey, which includes Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties, an additional 12,145 people became impoverished, a spike of 10 percent that year. In Philadelphia, while 9,000 residents moved out of poverty - a dip from 26.9 percent to 26.3 percent - the city was still the poorest of America's 10 largest cities. The findings were compiled in the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey One-Year Estimates, a huge and diverse set of data based on a survey of people living at 3.5 million addresses throughout the nation.
April 13, 2011
If you can put down all the other loaded questions and look strictly at the numbers, it is pretty safe to say this: If there's any city in America that should be mailing condoms out to 11-year-olds, Philadelphia would be a strong candidate. Statistics about the city and its youth show two things. First, Philadelphia fares poorly when you look at the risk factors for teen sexual activity - especially poverty and single-parent households. Second, perhaps as a result, the city is at or near the top of most measures for sex among teens and adolescents.
March 9, 1999 |
The Philadelphia School District has failed to spend about $30 million in federal funding for remedial programs for needy students over the last three years, and despite plans by the administration to spend some of it now, school board members were asking questions yesterday. "Surely we're not in a position of lack of need," board member Jacques Lurie said last night. "If there is $30 million available, we sure as heck ought to be putting it toward programs we say we need. " In an interview last night, Superintendent David Hornbeck said the $30 million accumulated largely because the district could not find the people to fill budgeted positions.
September 3, 1986 |
Hispanics are expected by 1990 to replace blacks as the ethnic group with the highest poverty rate in the nation, according to one analysis of recent Census Bureau data. While income levels among blacks are rising, Hispanics are losing ground and per-capita income among Hispanics is now lower than that for blacks, according to the study. The study noted that the black poverty rate of 31.3 percent last year was about the same as it was in 1979. But the poverty rate for Hispanics increased from 21.8 percent to 29 percent during the same six-year period, said the center, which based its findings on U.S. Census data.
October 1, 1999 |
The nation's median household income climbed to an all-time high last year while the poverty rate for children dipped to an 18-year low, the Census Bureau reported yesterday. The 1998 figures marked the fourth consecutive year of growth for overall household income as the strong economy, record unemployment, and low inflation continued to shower benefits across all regions of the country and all segments of the population. Alaska led all states, with median household income of $51,421, using a three-year average (1996-98)
April 18, 1999 |
The school district has received $95,000 from the state for technology and training for students and teachers - a grant that many thought was impossible to get, according to officials. Superintendent Gary Dentino said the district had purchased 37 computers and seven printers and planned to spend more money on staffing Web masters. "A lot of people in general thought that this couldn't be done," Dentino said of the grant, which the district received earlier this month. "We don't have a high poverty rate, and demographically we're not a poor town.
October 27, 1988 |
Many of America's poor children have no future and no hope of improving their lot, and their bleak prospects threaten to overwhelm even the most booming cities, the nation's mayors said yesterday. From substance abuse to deteriorating public schools to teen-age pregnancy and a lack of adequate child care, the U.S. Conference of Mayors ticked off problems they said threaten to overwhelm even the most booming metropolises. Officials said low-income children are confronted with the additional problems of homelessness and the lack of access to medical and mental health care.
October 2, 2010
It's no surprise to see Philadelphia listed as the poorest among America's 10 largest cities. It's held that distinction before. But placing last again is disappointing, and points out the need for public officials to work even harder to create jobs. U.S. census figures released Tuesday put the city's poverty rate at 25 percent, compared with about 14 percent nationally. The recession exacerbated the problem, with record numbers applying for food aid. One out of three children in Philadelphia is poor.