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Philadelphia’s median income rises, Pennsylvania’s falls

By Mike D’Onofrio On September 18, 2023 Philadelphia households saw modest gains in median income last year, new census data shows. Why it matters: While incomes fell nationally and statewide, Philly…

Chester's waterfront looking south of the Commodore Barry Bridge. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

FEMA designates several Pa., Del., N.J. areas as ‘disaster resilience zones’: Here’s what that means

The new designation prioritizes the areas for federal funding related to climate change resilience. By Kenny Cooper and Sophia Schmidt On September 8, 2023 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is…


PA. will track voting machine malfunctions under new settlement with election security groups

By Carter Walker of Votebeat On August 18, 2023 This article is made possible through Spotlight PA’s collaboration with Votebeat, a nonpartisan news organization covering local election administration and voting. This article…


The extensive Holocaust memorial hiding in plain sight at the center of Philadelphia

By Asha Prihar On August 2, 2023 A new mural should increase visibility, and there’s also a mobile app. If you’ve ever walked up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from LOVE…


House Democrats rally at South Philly high school for ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign

By Mike DeNardo On July 31, 2023 PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania House Democrats were in South Philadelphia Monday afternoon kicking off a “Save Our Schools” campaign. The House Democratic Policy Committee’s…


Superintendent hopes new curriculum will help solve Philly’s math problem: Just 15% of students meet state standards

By Mike DeNardo On July 6, 2023 To make room for new textbooks and materials, the district is giving away thousands of old math books  PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The first…

Local Organizations

Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities

Philadelphia is becoming a more desirable place to live. There’s increased development in many neighborhoods, which has resulted in a rise in property values and in the cost of living. While this development is critical for improving Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, for too many of us it has meant being forced out of our communities. This has especially affected those of us who are disabled, are seniors, or are part of working families living below the poverty line. We need to preserve affordability in gentrifying neighborhoods so that those who are committed to and invested in our communities can afford to stay.


Eastwick Friends & Neighbors Coalition
EFNC actively supports the Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area (ELDCA) Community Advisory Group (CAG), which was established to inform residents about Clearview Landfill clean up, and provide opportunity to voice concerns and provide input to the process.


MANNA uses nutrition to improve health for people with serious illnesses who need nourishment to heal. By providing medically tailored meals and nutrition education, we empower people to improve their health and quality of life.


Why Not Prosper
Our mission is to help women from prison systems discover their own strength by providing them with the support and resources that will empower them to become responsible, economically self-sufficient and contributing members of the community.


Driven by the Biblical mandate to serve “the least of these” we strengthen Hispanic communities. For more than 30 years, Esperanza has been empowering those on a pathway out of poverty in the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia by offering programs that cultivate self-belief, grit, and knowledge acquisition, allowing clients and students to develop agency, voice, and influence over their own lives.

Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Free Library has its own foundation, but the neighborhood branches get by with a little help from their friends. The Friends of the Free Library is an independent nonprofit organization that supports library groups and is totally dedicated to the city’s 54-branch library system — one of the most extensive in the country. Active volunteer Friends groups provide additional support to their local librarians, helping to enrich programming, boost services, and improve the collection.


Project HOME 
Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of poverty of any large U.S. city but has a relatively low rate of those experiencing street homelessness. That’s due in part to the work of Project HOME. “None of us are home until all of us are home” is Project HOME’s famous motto, and getting all of us home will require finding affordable housing for more than 5,600 people who will be without shelter this winter.


Hopeworks Camden
Hopeworks started as a training program to connect disenfranchised youth to opportunity. But the organization soon discovered that success required much more than providing those youth with chances. Young people also needed trauma-informed services­ — and these proved to be the ingredient that allows them to take advantage of life-changing opportunities.


New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia
Some 170,000 undocumented immigrants live in Pennsylvania, and providing them with a place of refuge is either an act of civil defiance or radical hospitality. New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, an interfaith, multicultural immigration justice organization, calls it a radical welcome. For 14 years, NSM has worked to secure rights for the undocumented — and its latest battle is to allow such residents to get driver’s licenses.


Philadelphia’s Asian American community represents a variety of countries, including Bhutan, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos as well as China and South Korea. The Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition, better known as SEAMAAC, seeks to help them all.

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