The people of Philadelphia are struggling. Here are some quick facts:
- On average, only 50-60% of students graduate high school
- 40% of those graduates lack basic skills like an appropriate reading level
- Only about 23% of graduates go on to a four year college
- 24 schools have been closed
- 4,000 teachers and school support staff have been laid off.
- Gov. Corbett has expanded tax breaks for corporations and the energy industry while cutting $1 billion from education statewide
- 12,053 individuals experienced homelessness in Philadelphia.
- At any given time there are about 650 people living on the streets
- Every year, outreach programs engage 5,500 persons living in cars, abandoned buildings, train/bus stations, and other places not meant for human habitation
- Causes of homelessness:
-Lack of adequate public supports and/or earned benefits
-Lack of affordable housing and inadequate housing assistance
-Lack of affordable health care
-Mental Health challenges
- More than a quarter of Philadelphia residents live in poverty
- 4 out of 5 American adults struggle with “near-poverty,”
- More than one-third of all children in Philadelphia live in poverty
- Philadelphia ranks number 97 (among the largest 100 cities) in share of adults participating in the labor force (only 55.9%)
- About 1 in 5 children will live in a household with no working parents..
- 1 in 5 Philadelphians, or 260,000 people, are considered at risk for hunger.
- 411,000 Philadelphia residents received help from a food pantry
- 464,000 Philadelphia residents rely on food stamps (now called SNAP) for food