Harnessing innovation for Low-Income Communities in Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia, a finalist in the inaugural round of the City Accelerator, is focused on putting money back in the pockets of low-income residents.
by the City of Philadelphia | June 30, 2014 AT 3:01 AM
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This summary is a part of Philadelphia’s application to the City Accelerator , through which cities would advance urban innovations that will have a significant impact in the lives of their residents, especially low-income residents. Watch the city’s pitch video, read the summary, and rate their submission on its potential to: impact low-income people; expand innovation by the city; and, scale to other cities.

What is Philadelphia proposing?

The City of Philadelphia faces the highest poverty rate of all major U.S. cities. The city has developed an infrastructure of innovation, and now looks to harness that innovation to put money back into the pockets of low-income residents. The City Accelerator offers Philadelphia an opportunity to apply innovation to the challenge of reaching residents most in need.

How will it accomplish this?

As a member of the first cohort in the City Accelerator, Philadelphia would:

  • work to increase awareness of tax payer assistance programs and reduce barriers to accessing those programs;
  • increase capacity to target residents who would reap the greatest benefit from the above efforts; and 
  • apply innovative strategies to change how programs work, revamping policies and procedures to increase enrollment in assistance programs. 


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