Philadelphia City Council is rolling out a plan it’s calling its “moonshot” to address poverty in the city.
“We made the decision to go to the moon, today we’re making the decision to solve this very troublesome problem,” said Council President Darrell Clarke.
Currently, one in four Philadelphians, about 400,000 people, live below the poverty line, making the city the poorest big city in America.
“Not only is being poor a full-time job but being poor is expensive,” said State Rep. Jordan Harris, who represents part of Philadelphia in the statehouse.
The plan aims to move 100,000 people out of poverty by 2024, with ideas like a “basic income” for households in poverty and partnering with the school district and community college for adult educations programs.
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