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From Billy Penn:

With the Democratic National Convention in town this week, both the Democratic Party and the City of Philadelphia will do their best to put on a good show. For different reasons, they both want to highlight orderliness, competence, leadership, spectacle, entertainment, compelling drama, and hospitality.

 

From Philly.com

In a holiday week often synonymous with abundance, Philadelphia reported a dearth of food and housing options for its most vulnerable residents.

Requests in Philadelphia for emergency food assistance rose 7 percent over the past year, according to a national report on hunger and homelessness made public Tuesday.

 

From NewsWorks

NewsWorks Tonight has been looking at Mayor Michael Nutter's legacy in several key areas affecting Philadelphia.

 

Dainette Mintz has never accepted homelessness. After decades, she is both realistic and strategic in her approach to it. When she retired as director of the Philadelphia’s Office for Supportive Housing earlier this month, after thirty-two years working against poverty and homelessness, she reflected on the shift in the landscape:  “Philadelphia has one of the nation's most productive and respected homeless housing strategies. The city has achieved consistent reductions in street homelessness.”

 

The U.S. Census Bureau this month released a supplemental report on the number of Americans living in poverty, following up on its September report, "Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013".

From the Census Bureau:

Daily News Series on Poverty in Philadelphia

This week, as the country reflects on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "War on Poverty", the Philadelphia Daily News is running a series looking at poverty in Philadelphia, how the city became the poorest of the country's big cities, and how we can turn the tide. We'll be collecting the links to each piece below as they are posted.

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