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 […]

 By Amelia Brust

Spruce Hill: African Immigrants Struggle to Navigate City’s Healthcare System

Spruce Hill: African Immigrants Struggle to Navigate City’s Healthcare System

An immigration boom in 2000 helped turn the Baltimore Avenue corridor into a hub for African businesses. Spruce Hill has dozens of restaurants while Woodland and Chester avenues are peppered with African and Caribbean grocery stores. While no exact census data exists, in Philadelphia, the four largest communities are in order Nigerian, Liberian, Ghanaian and […]

 By Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Francisville: The Importance of Fresh Food

Katie Searl hoped to cut back on the use of her car by moving to the city last year. The Francisville resident works across the street from her home–making for an easy vehicle-free commute. She said she’d hardly use her car at all if it weren’t for trips to the grocery store. Like a great […]