Poverty remains one of the most serious challenges plaguing Philadelphia, an otherwise ambitious and thriving city on an upward trajectory. More than one in four residents live in poverty, the highest rate among the nation’s 10 largest cities. Almost half of those individuals live in deep poverty. And the situation facing our children is even worse, as more than one in three are affected.
Food and housing insecurity affects as many as half of all college students, including thousands throughout Philadelphia. This crisis of basic needs insecurity demands attention—and it demands solutions. Breaking the cycle of poverty in our communities requires it.