Philly’s poverty problem

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Guests: Sister Mary Scullion, Mariana Chilton, Maria Quinones-Sanchez

Philadelphia remains the poorest major U.S. city. Nearly 26 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative recently released a report that says poverty is impacting Hispanic communities, children and working age adults. Some experts say that the school system, low-paying jobs, food insecurity and lack of affordable housing has made life difficult for many Philadelphians. SISTER MARY SCULLIONPresident and Executive Director of Project HOMEMARIANA CHILTONDirector of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities and is Co-Principal investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, and Councilwoman MARIA QUINONES-SANCHEZ discuss policy changes that can reduce the high poverty rates in the city.

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