Partnering to Address Poverty at the Shared Prosperity Summit
December 18, 2017
By: Kate Scully, Policy Director
One in four Philadelphia residents are living in poverty and one in eight are living in deep poverty. Our city remains the nation’s poorest big city, with a poverty rate that has stayed stagnant over the last 5 years.
On November 30th, numerous members of the Center staff attended the 4th Annual Poverty Summit of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) Shared Prosperity initiative. In this summit, CEO shares their annual report on poverty in Philadelphia and Shared Prosperity's progress on six key areas: jobs and training, access to benefits, learning and preparedness, housing security, and economic security.
This year's report opened with the following statement: “We, as a City, must keep our focus on this: that combating poverty is not charity. It is smart policy. It is smart business. Most of all, it’s an understanding that our futures are inextricably linked. That we are all one city, and we share one future.”
Shared Prosperity works to bring together partners across Philadelphia to break down silos and more effectively combat poverty. The Center and all our programs are pleased to be active partners and collaborators of CEO. After working with the Housing Security Working Group, Imani Sullivan, a member of Witnesses to Hunger, was recently named to the Mayor’s Eviction Prevention Taskforce.
Imani Sullivan of Witnesses to Hunger speaks at a Shared Prosperity Roundtable on Healthy Housing.
Photo by JPG Photography / CEO
We also recently shared some research from Children’s HealthWatch with Shared Prosperity about the benefits of SNAP participation on child and family health and well-being. Shared Prosperity included Children's HealthWatch's findings in their 2017 Annual Report, highlighting how SNAP protects children from underweight, developmental delays, and food insecurity.
In addition, Witnesses to Hunger and a photo taken at an event at the EAT Café were featured in the report. We look forward to finding more ways to work together with the Shared Prosperity team.