Philadelphia, November 20, 2015 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the second year progress report for Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity’s (CEO) comprehensive plan to combat poverty.
“Initiatives like Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, multi-pronged approaches that work to increase and align available resources and develop new opportunities, are vitally important in the fight against the intractable problem of poverty,” said Mayor Nutter. “Over the last two years, we have made good progress in aligning resources and efforts to combat the root causes of poverty are underway. I am proud of the work we have done and look forward to CEO’s continued progress.”
In its second year, Shared Prosperity Philadelphia continued to forge partnerships with government, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, academic institutions and business to expand services to thousands of Philadelphians.
“We knew when we began that there is not a single magic solution to entrenched poverty in Philadelphia. But the strategy of ‘collective impact’ – a common agenda, shared measurement, and continuous communication – has helped us build momentum as we move forward,” said Eva Gladstein, Executive Director, CEO. “We are adjusting our strategies as circumstances change and we learn from our work. We are committed to finding solutions that fit Philadelphia’s specific needs because reducing poverty is necessary to ensuring a vibrant future for Philadelphia, and we all have a stake in that.”
The Progress Report details the successes of the last year, measuring Shared Prosperity’s implementation of the principles of collective impact in five goal areas: job creation and workforce development; access to public benefits; early learning; housing security and affordability; and economic security and asset building.
Report highlights include:
- The development and release of A Running Start, Philadelphia’s comprehensive early learning plan for children from birth to age five. Implementation of the plan has already begun;
- Collaboration with partners to increase access to high-quality child care, creating 325 new seats with Fund for Quality and stabilizing 40 early learning programs with the Child Care Facilities Fund;
- Investments in the federally-designated Promise Zone totaling $34 million;
- Debt reduction for Philadelphians by $7.1 million through Financial Empowerment Centers; and
- The launch of a network of benefits access centers, called BenePhilly Centers, in partnership with Benefits Data Trust, that connects Philadelphians with the public benefits for which they are eligible. In total, BenePhilly Centers have helped Philadelphia families access nearly $13.1 million in benefits.
Additionally, CEO, working with its many partners, has helped increase access to emergency food aid, provided career counseling to high school students, helped eliminate housing-related health hazards for families with children and found ways to aid families in avoiding eviction and potential homelessness.
Read the full report here: www.sharedprosperityphila.org.
The report was released at the Uniting to Fight Poverty Summit at the University of Pennsylvania. The Summit’s theme was Honest Conversations about Race, Inequality and Poverty. Its keynote speaker was Dale Russakoff, author of The Prize.