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Broke in Philly Weekly
Friday, Aug. 20, 2021
This week we’re focusing on the city clearing encampments in Kensington. We’re also looking at Philadelphia’s efforts to make sure students get to and from school safely amid intensified gun violence. And we hear from Black Philadelphians speaking out about the overdose crisis in their communities.
Aakruti, Raven, and Lindsey

5 great articles about economic mobility from the past week, selected by our team.
‘It’s hard to picture … an endgame’: As the City clears Kensington encampments again, some question if it’s a long-term solution | From: Kensington Voice
How a mobile DMV could serve New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations | From: Next City
Resources for navigating economic hardship
  • Families who rely on the SNAP food assistance program will be getting the largest benefits increase in the program’s history. SNAP will boost its average benefits by more than 25% from pre-pandemic levels. The changes will go into effect in October. 
  • One year after offering to connect 35,000 low-income families to free internet, Philadelphia City officials announced that they have connected about 18,000 so far. The $17 million initiative, PHLConnectEd, will continue with plans to include new households through grassroots outreach. 
Two stories about trailblazers in the arts.
Women are now at the helm of PAFA, charged with steering the institution back from its many woes | From: The Inquirer
Kensington neighbors make Shakespeare their own | From: WHYY
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