Broke in Philly

Broke in Philly is a collaborative initiative among 20+ local news organizations to provide solutions-oriented reporting on the issues of poverty and the push for economic justice in Philadelphia. (Read more about Technical.ly's involvement here.)

This effort is led by nonprofit Resolve Philadelphia, a nonprofit hub for the city’s general interest, community and ethnic news organizations to produce collaborative solutions reporting and community engagement activities that address urgent social challenges.

Technical.ly Coverage

Dec 16 3:13pm

How to advance computer science education in Philadelphia? First, focus on the teachers

Dec 12 1:40pm

Tech workforce development program Launchpad Philly is welcoming its first cohort

Nov 15 3:15pm

Riding public transit can be a gamble for people with disabilities. This Philly-born app makes it easier

Oct 25 3:13pm

Why tech education nonprofit Hopeworks is expanding to Philly

Oct 11 2:55pm

These Philly orgs are turning public spaces into internet hubs

Sep 26 2:47pm

What is driving the gender wealth gap? Racism, access to choice and financial literacy

Sep 15 4:30pm

What drives Philly poll workers to show up year after year? (Hint: It’s not the money)

Aug 29 7:08pm

What do Philly educators need to prepare their students for future STEM careers? A village

Aug 25 2:52pm

Two years in, PHLConnectED is shifting focus to digital literacy and long-term efforts

Aug 2 9:30am

100+ Philly businesses are the recipients of grants for underrepresented founders

Jul 20 5:20pm

Meet Ying, a fintech platform for communities where skills are paid for in social capital

Jun 30 4:14pm

Why 6 Philly teens tried their hand at entrepreneurship through the pandemic

Jun 21 12:06pm

Health startup Stix just launched a donation bank for free morning-after pills

Jun 7 5:37pm

The cost of gun violence: How are small businesses owners mentally and financially hurt by shootings?

Apr 28 11:05am

Why Houwzer launched this nonprofit fund for low-income, first-time homebuyers

Apr 12 5:24pm

The Enterprise Center is raising a $50M growth capital fund for women- and minority-owned businesses

Mar 17 5:04pm

These West Philly High students run a Chromebook repair shop — and share their expertise on TikTok

Mar 11 1:00pm

How could cities’ PILOT programs get better?

Mar 10 2:22pm

The Enterprise Center is driving biz services to Philly’s commercial corridors

Mar 1 3:00pm

What would a public bank mean for Philly?

Feb 17 5:38pm

What do internet connectivity and tech use look like for older adults during the pandemic?

Feb 15 5:35pm

Check out Philly’s new 5-year digital equity plan, with goals for high connectivity and human ‘touchpoints’

Jan 31 8:30am

What Philly’s ban on pre-hire marijuana testing means if you’re looking for a job

Jan 21 2:15pm

The problem with homelessness ‘innovation’

Jan 12 12:52pm

A group of Philly technologists are working on a free, community-based mesh Wi-Fi network

Jan 10 3:07pm

Free bootcamp LaunchCode is bringing 2 new web dev courses to Philly this year

Dec 20 12:47pm

The number of women doing gig work in Philly region surged during COVID-19

Nov 2 7:20am

Pennsylvania has nearly the lowest quit rate in the country. What does that say about the state’s economy?

Oct 20 3:18pm

Philly broadband survey: 84% of homes have high-speed internet, up from 70% in 2019

Sep 24 1:15pm

A first-of-its-kind esports room just opened at a West Philly rec center

Sep 21 12:44pm

How does this 14-partner pandemic recovery committee plan to get more Philadelphians to work?

Sep 16 10:00am

This free computer science program brings STEM education to underserved Philly students

Sep 9 1:30pm

Who makes $200K in Philadelphia? Why high earners matter for a startup ecosystem

Sep 1 4:23pm

How the pandemic response has failed young people: Unemployment, caregiving and education

Aug 3 2:45pm

4 ways to avoid ‘digital redlining’ in favor of more equitable hiring practices

Jul 22 12:00pm

PropelPHL wants to be the digital hub for local jobseekers, employers and training programs

Jul 15 2:07pm

Employee ownership is a part of stakeholder capitalism. Here’s the case for it as a tool to lessen the racial wealth gap

Jun 11 5:04pm

Why Angel Johnson believes cryptocurrency can build Black generational wealth

May 27 10:23am

The new StudyMoney website makes financial education more accessible for people with disabilities

May 25 5:04pm

This new internship gets Black and brown college students into the wealth management industry

May 17 9:40am

A year online: Temple students come to terms with virtual learning’s costs

Apr 20 1:36pm

Peirce College’s new tech training program combines workforce development and higher education

Apr 15 11:20am

Assistive technology can be prohibitively expensive. This org makes it accessible

Apr 5 9:57am

‘What if Camden is a place you can source remote workers from?’

Mar 23 10:34am

This education nonprofit’s ‘STEM equity and innovation lab’ got a $100K boost

Mar 11 5:52pm

Here’s what the new stimulus bill means for unemployed Pennsylvanians

Feb 25 3:45pm

This new nonprofit wants to help high school students build financial literacy

Feb 17 3:35pm

Project Onramp will connect low-income, first-gen college students to paid life science internships

Feb 8 12:03pm

What is a wage tax, and how did the pandemic affect Philly’s?

Feb 5 4:23pm

Watch out for fake social media accounts scamming Pennsylvania jobless workers

Feb 2 4:12pm

Comcast is doubling Internet Essentials speeds. The move comes amid ongoing digital equity initiatives — and calls to do more

Jan 27 1:38pm

Philadelphia schools plan to bring back some young students for hybrid, in-person learning in February

Jan 26 3:08pm

ACHIEVEability’s TechUp program will help West Philadelphians hone their Salesforce skills

Jan 25 7:10am

Pennsylvania gig workers: Here’s how to file for unemployment benefits and get the extra $300

Dec 23 7:32am

Who got first-round PPP loans in Philly? Search this database for new details

Dec 18 2:48pm

A new tech reskilling initiative aims to train 5,000 Philadelphians in resilient careers

Aug 19 1:08pm

Maps galore: Here’s where PPP funding went in Philly, Baltimore, DC, Delaware and Pittsburgh

Jul 28 11:12am

The extra $600 a week mattered to the unemployed people who received it. What’s next?

Jul 10 9:48am

Thousands of Philly small businesses got PPP loans. Find them all here

Jun 29 2:31pm

5 ways to incorporate racial equity into your hiring practices

Apr 13 7:15am

We should all be social enterprises now

Aug 16 12:05pm

Folks near PHA housing in North Philly can take $2.50 Lyft rides to the grocery store

Oct 26 1:32pm

Soft skills, tech jobs: What Philly can learn from Albuquerque’s anti-poverty push

Oct 9 12:30pm

Today is the last day to register to vote in Pa.

Oct 1 12:52pm

Can machine learning help more people access SNAP benefits?

Sep 25 1:23pm

5 questions we’ll be asking in Albuquerque this week

Sep 20 12:12pm

How to get people into high-paying jobs? This robotic arm could hold an answer

Jul 31 1:26pm

Can city government use the tech community to lift Philadelphians out of poverty?

Jul 31 12:59pm

Technical.ly joins collaborative reporting project Broke in Philly