Responding to COVID-19: An Agenda for Renters, Home Owners, Small Businesses, and the Non-Profits That Support Them
Check out the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations’ (PACDC) recently released policy agenda, Responding to COVID-19: An Agenda for Renters, Home Owners, Small Businesses, and the Non-Profits that support them.
The emergence of the coronavirus/COVID-19 and necessary closure of non-essential services and employers has devastated Philadelphia, and is likely to deepen poverty and inequality, create more housing instability, and lead to even less economic opportunity for Philadelphians for years to come. Data already shows that communities of color are disproportionately harmed by the illness, the risks associated with being essential workers, and the negative effects of economic shut-downs.
Before the crisis, the Kenney Administration and City Council were on a deliberative path to address those inequities and challenges, and had committed to significant new policies and investments in affordable homes, and to support small businesses on our neighborhood commercial corridors. Doubling down on that work is more important than ever to weather the current crisis, be in a position to recover once the virus is contained, and prevent deepening of the inequality and poverty that could take generations from which to recover.
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