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Broke in Philly: The High Cost of Being Broke Stories



    Broke in Philly: From Homeless to Business Owner

    Amanda Dobbs and her husband both lost their jobs at the same time. Dobbs attended classes at the Philabundance Community Kitchen, graduated top of her class, and started her own catering business. 

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018)

    NBC10 is one of 19 news organizations producing BROKE in Philly, a collaborative reporting project on solutions to poverty and the city’s push towards economic justice. Follow us at @BrokeInPhilly.

    NBC10 and Telemundo 62 are participating in a year-long reporting collaborative called Broke in Philly, which provides nuanced and in-depth stories about economic justice in Philadelphia.

    On Aug. 6, the Broke in Philly partners launched an exciting initiative looking at the #HighCost of everything from food insecurity to transportation. These stories focused on the every-day experiences of Philadelphians struggling to pinch pennies wherever they can. The goal was to define and humanize the things, both small and large, that affect us all.

    In this installment, we report on eight areas in which this phenomenon plays out, including banking, transportation, cell phone access, food staples and more. Many of these stories also highlight solutions — policies or programs or options that help alleviate some of the cost born by those who can least afford to take them on.

    See highlights from our partners below:

    The high cost of being broke: Diapers | From: WHYY

    The high cost of being broke: Transportation | From: WHYY

    In 2018, people need smartphones. But can they afford them? | From: Billy Penn

    How to find low-cost bank accounts in Philly | From: Philadelphia Media Network

    Financial Empowerment Centers Help City Residents Improve Their Fiscal Health | From: Next City