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Living in poverty, or avoiding it, poses a range of challenges aside from just housing: health, employment, safety, education, and much more. While these aspects of life often parallel an individual or family’s housing situation, they are also an important piece of their experience and their well-being.



    • How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?

      By: Judy Perlman Published: October 14, 2016 FACT: Rates of homelessness in the U.S. remained essentially unchanged between 2008-2012. This is surprising indeed, especially against the backdrop of a recession that had its origins in the housing market, and in which tens of thousands of homeowners lost their homes. Evan Horowitz made an important contribution …more

    • Denied housing or a job due to a misdemeanor? New Pa. law can limit access to criminal histories

      By  Wallace McKelvey Published: October 04, 2016 Pennsylvanians will soon be able to put nonviolent offenses in their rear-view mirror. A new law taking effect Nov. 14 would allow residents with certain second- and third-degree misdemeanors to petition the court to limit access to their criminal records. The order is available for individuals who’ve had no …more

    • New Courtland gets $11M in tax credits for Frankford senior site

      By: Harold Brubaker Published: October 5, 2016 A New Courtland Senior Services has received $11 million in New Markets Tax Credits to build a 15,000 square foot facility in the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School in Frankford to provide medical services, adult day care, and other services for low-income seniors, according to Corporation for Supportive …more

    • Smart Growth advocate: ‘Aspire to build places people love’

      By: Diana Nelson Jones Published: October 3, 2016 Standing at a podium in the August Wilson Center for African American Culture recently, Kaid Benfield, with control of the slide show remote, gave his audience one view of Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Conn. — a hard, gray streetscape with the capitol dome in the background — and …more

    • How *Not* To Do Economic Development

      By: Alan Mallach Published: September 29, 2016 Camden is one of the most distressed cities in the United States, and if any city needs state help to build its economy, it’s Camden. While the state of New Jersey has responded, the way it has done so adds up to one of the most egregious examples …more

    • Commentary: Fed promoting local growth – inclusively

      By: Patrick Harker Published: September 30, 2016 The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia oversees a geographic area that runs from the mountains of central Pennsylvania to the shores of Delaware and through the farms of South Jersey. The district has areas of extreme wealth and achievement, but also pockets of deep poverty and despair. In …more

    • In wake of lawsuit, voter registrations up at Pennsylvania’s county assistance sites

      By Kate Giammarise Published: September 19, 2016 Since 2012, when a lawsuit was settled over voter registration issues, county assistance offices have submitted voter registration applications or change of address updates for more than 160,000 Pennsylvanians, according to a tally of statistics from the state. The lawsuit alleged that spot-checks and interviews with those who …more

    • Is financial unsteadiness the new normal?

      By: Jonathan Morduch and Rachel Schneider Published: July 25, 2016 When we think about household income, we usually think of annual income. Annual income totals are what we use to assess whether a household is poor, middle class, or rich. It’s how taxes are calculated. It’s how eligibility for a lot of programs, including housing and …more

    • The ripple effects of income volatility

      By:  Joanna Smith-Ramani and David Mitchell Published: July 25, 2016 With all of the attention on the “gig economy” and the future of work in the U.S., income volatility—the idea that workers today are not only seeing their wages stagnate, but also fluctuate more than ever before—is now coming to be viewed as a key …more

    • Welfare to Work? How people are faring 20 years after welfare reform

      By: Kate Giammarise Published: August 22, 2016 Twenty years ago today, President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law. The sweeping overhaul was meant to move people from welfare to work and to end what critics saw as a cycle of dependence that kept families in poverty. The law has resulted in far fewer people …more