Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tapped Out

Tapped Out

PART ONE: You might have heard about a war on poverty. Well, Philadelphia's losing it.

Angela Pote realized the vicious cycle of poverty and decided to take action.
Malachi Armstrong got a firsthand education at the school of hard knocks.

PART TWO: City neglect, loss of factories left much of Philadelphia in a state of complete disorder.

Eileen Brown. ALEJANDRO ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Eileen Brown is one of the many older caregivers of children in the city, taking in the children of family members.
Andy. ALEJANDRO ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Andy Domenech remembers life becoming hard at 11.
Dr. Martin Luther King. NATIONAL ARCHIVES

PART THREE: Solving poverty starts with enabling the poor to help direct the way out.

Barbie Izquierdo. ALEJANDRO ALVAREZ / Staff Photographer
Even if she hadn't been featured in a documentary film, Barbie Izquierdo would be a star.
Michael Washington (left) at his home on 4500 block of Mantua Avenue in Philadelphia. ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ / Staff photographer
Michael Washington has lived virtually his entire life in a classic rowhouse in Mantua.
Solomon Jones.
I have known poverty intimately. It was there when a family split caused a drastic change when I was a teen.

PART FOUR: Philadelphians have strong opinions about the issues facing Philadelphia as well as poverty’s causes and solutions. 

Jacqueline Wong doesn't live in poverty according to standard guidelines, but she is struggling to make ends meet.
If there is one thing that could make a real difference in alleviating poverty, what would it be?
Living Without - People talk about their daily struggles

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How to help

If you would like to help one of the subjects of our series, please send an email to TappedOut@phillynews.com.