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Social Issues: Office Of Homeless Services Strives To Transition People Off The Street

Social Issues: Office Of Homeless Services Strives To Transition People Off The Street

Native Philadelphian Liz Hersh is the director of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services. Prior to working for the city, Hersh ran the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania for 14 years. Her experience has given her insight working with Philadelphia’s homeless residents.   What led you to this job as the director of the Office of […]

 

Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Kensington: “It’s Not Just A Gurney Street Thing.”

Prevention Point Philadelphia has opened a year-round respite at its center in Kensington as a direct response to the City of Philadelphia’s decision to close down and clean up encampments along the Gurney Street Corridor. The organization has been doing winter respite for the past three years, but as of July 31 its doors are […]

 

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

When Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez saw her constituent’s water bills, she knew she needed to act. Despite a new assistance plan in place, there were still people who owed thousands of dollars in late and overdue payments. “This is crazy,” Quiñones-Sánchez said. “This is a government owned utility. How did people get into this debt?” […]

 

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

María Quiñones-Sánchez took office 10 years ago representing District 7 in Philadelphia City Council. Long considered a party outsider, it is not uncommon to find her battling politically with Latino leaders in her own neighborhood, as well as other council members. Her sprawling council district is comprised of a wide area, covering all or parts […]

 

How To: Become A Bouncer

How To: Become A Bouncer

In 2011, City Council enacted a law with requirements for bouncers, one that prohibits bars and other places from employing security who have not completed a training course. Security jobs are one gateway to the workforce for those who may not have completed higher levels of education. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean […]

 

Social Issues: “I Felt It Was Important To Give Back To My Community As Much As I Can.”

Social Issues: “I Felt It Was Important To Give Back To My Community As Much As I Can.”

Michael Lee is the executive director of the nonprofit organization Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Lee graduated from Central High School and was a part of the inaugural class of Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law in 2009. Following his graduation from law school he began practicing as a criminal […]

 

Mayfair: This Week In The News — An Eclipse Party, Singing Summer Camp Concert And A Community Facing Challenges

Mayfair: This Week In The News — An Eclipse Party, Singing Summer Camp Concert And A Community Facing Challenges

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Mapping Progress in 55 Philadelphia Neighborhoods–  Next City released a report listing Mayfair among a half dozen neighborhoods “facing the greatest challenges.” The organization used census data from 2009 through 2014. (via Next City) Eclipse shines brightly […]

 

Mayfair: This Week In The News — Car Crashes And Thefts, Political Rematches And Swimming Overseas

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Car crashes into funeral home–  A man drove his car into the John F. Fluehr & Sons funeral home at Cottman and Rowland avenues last Friday night. Police say it was on purpose. (via NBC10) Local […]

 

How To: Get A Property Tax Rebate

How To: Get A Property Tax Rebate

Many Philadelphia seniors are eligible for property tax rebates even if they rent. People as young as 50 years old qualify if they are widowed, and disabled residents as young as 18 can also qualify. Otherwise, the age requirement is 65. For some, it’s possible $975 could be returned if certain criteria is met. If […]

 

Mayfair: This Week In The News — Sex Clubs, Racism And Guns

Mayfair: This Week In The News — Sex Clubs, Racism And Guns

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Guy shot his AR-15: A man fired his weapon in Northeast Philly, crashed his truck in Trevose, eventually captured by police on Deveraux Avenue, according to police (via NBC10) Racism on Teesdale Street : Nasty note left on car […]