The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

I was making a pot of minestrone, with zucchini and onions, tomatoes and beans—good stuff in it. I wanted people to see that without money for propane, this was the only way to feed the family a warm nutritious meal. Without propane for my stove for 3 months this winter, I had to use my grill, or the microwave. When you don’t have a regular stove you are reduced to eating high calorie foods. Sometimes you end up buying a TV dinner, which is expensive and not nutritious. The more I eat junky food, the lousier I feel, and the more the depression sets in. I am sleepy all the time because I am not eating well. Also, it’s more expensive to be poor. If we had the 80 dollars to pay the bill, we wouldn’t have to pay 250 dollars to get the propane turned back on.

 

Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers

Like other urban centers, Philadelphia has a shortage of affordable rental housing.  Housing Choice Vouchers are available for low-income families pay more than 30% of their income on rent and can be used for any apartment in the private rental market.  Only 2 million housing choice vouchers available nationwide, resulting in extremely long waiting lists in many areas, including Philadelphia.

Current Issue

Continued funding for Housing Choice Vouchers is at risk deficit reduction negotiations.

 

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