Skip to main content


Hosted by POWER, UNITE HERE Philadelphia, AFT Local 2026, and OIC of America
Major Decline

The city of Philadelphia has declined over the last half century from its status as a major manufacturing hub to one of the poorest cities in the United States. In 1953, the number of workers in the manufacturing sector peaked at nearly half of the city’s workforce, 359,000 people.

Manufacturing Jobs Decrease

Today only 21,100 people hold manufacturing jobs and that number has continued to fall, down 34% over the past ten years.

Disenfranchised Workforce

Almost a third of the city’s residents, 32% do not participate in the workforce, the second highest rate in the nation.

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate is consistently above the national average, and nearly 1 in 2 Philadelphians live at or near the poverty line. Median income in the city has fallen from $40,008 to $36,836 since the beginning of the great recession in 2007.

Poverty Rate

More than 1 in 4 Philadelphians live below the poverty line ($24,000 a year for a family of 4) and of these households, half are in “deep poverty” which is defined as a household income of less than $12,000.

Impoverished Big City

Philadelphia’s deep poverty rate is the highest of any big city in the country.

The Poverty Summit Itinerary

Location: Philadelphia Community College (1700 Spring Garden St. | Day sessions held at Winnett Building, Evening sessions held at Bonnell Building)

Please note: You must have your ID to enter both building. Lunch and Dinner will not be served at the Summit.

9:00 AM

Faces of Poverty Presentation

10:00 AM

Black Work Matters: Race, Poverty & The Future of Work in Philadelphia | Report. Release by OIC of America and POWER

12:00 PM

Lunch Break (Meal will not be provided at the Summit CCP has a cafeteria and lunch trucks lines up along 17th Street)

1:00 PM

Elected Officials Panel 

2:00 PM

Philly Solutions to Philly Poverty (Presentation and Breakout Groups) 
●Racial Justice through Unionization
●Early Childhood Interventions
●Raising the Minimum Wage
●Public Banking
●City Assets
●Faith Institutions and Black Wealth Building

5:00 PM

Dinner Break (Meal will not be provided at the Summit. CCP has a cafeteria and lunch trucks lines up along 17th Street)
Service workers will be convening at 16th Street and Race Street and marching to Rally

6:00 PM

Rally and Platform for Philly Solutions to Philly Poverty 
Day Sessions held at Winnett Building; Evening Rally held at Bonnell Building

Finding Philly Solutions to Philly Poverty.

At the same time, there are signs that Philadelphia is recovering from the recession. The median home price has gone up 12% in the last four years, and in some neighborhoods in Center City and near Temple University, home prices have risen as much as 56%. The leisure and hospitality sector is the fastest growing industry in the city—it has grown 23% in the past ten years. But the gains from this recovery are unevenly distributed. The typical annual income for a person working full time in food service or cleaning professions falls between $19,120 and $24,000. In hospitality industry, 89% of the workers employed as maids or housekeepers live near or below the poverty line and nearly half (44%) are African American women.

Join us in offering solutions for a better Philadelphia. Visit the link below to sign up.

 [button color=”see-through-2″ hover_text_color_override=”#fff” size=”large” url=”″ text=”May 19th The Poverty Summit” color_override=””]

Let’s take the next step and work together