Mariana Chilton, PhD, Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities, was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article about new census data for Philadelphia. The article, featured on the front page of the print edition, reported on various experts’ responses to the slight decline in the city’s poverty rate in 2018.
While city officials were encouraged by decline in poverty, Chilton said the modest declines are not enough. The poverty numbers are not significantly different than past years and demonstrate a sad “status quo” in Philadelphia.
“The brilliance of people living in poverty are squandered through bad policies and empty promises of incremental change,” said Chilton.
Even with the decline in poverty rate, Philadelphia’s numbers remain disturbingly high. Philadelphia has the highest rate of poverty of the nation’s ten largest cities. Furthermore, its rate of child poverty and people living in deep poverty remain exceptionally high compared to other U.S. cities.