This is Philadelphia’s largest, newest coalition combating poverty

Generocity takes a deep dive into how poverty manifests in Philadelphia, and the unprecedented coalition that has committed to lift 100,000 Philadelphians out of it in the next five years.

“We have to look at racism,” said Dr. Roberta Rehner Iversen, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Iversen was named to City Council’s Poverty Action Committee and spent years working on the city’s previous effort to combat poverty, Shared Prosperity Philadelphia. “The areas that have the deep poverty and really major amounts of poverty, they are predominantly Black or brown or immigrant,” she continued. “They have been under-invested.”