In Philadelphia, while 9,000 residents have moved out of poverty in the past year – a dip from 26.9 percent to 26.3 percent – the city is still the poorest of America’s 10 largest cities, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census. Sage continues its work with the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity (CEO), which is tackling the epidemic with a five-goal strategy, Shared Prosperity Philadelphia. The plan engages all Philadelphians in increasing opportunities and improving the quality of life for low-income families and individuals. Although CEO is the hub for activity around Shared Prosperity Philadelphia, the plan belongs to us all.
Our work on the city’s plan to fight poverty now includes overseeing the development of a progress report and supporting Philadelphia’s first summit on poverty later this year. Sage also is continuing our outreach work by implementing a communications plan developed for CEO earlier this year.
Sage was proud to name Shared Prosperity Philadelphia and oversee the communications surrounding the plan and writing the executive summary. We also planned a successful launch event in July at the Philadelphia Free Library, bringing together hundreds of stakeholders to answer the question, “What’s Your Role in Addressing Poverty in Philadelphia?“ Sage is proud to have secured coverage of the story through many outlets, including The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Philadelphia Daily News, WHYY, and Philadelphia Magazine.