Back in August, with Covid-19 cases on the rise and tenants across the city struggling financially, the city of Philadelphia decided to take an unconventional approach to solve a housing crisis with their Eviction Diversion Program. With the new program, landlords are … [Read more...] about Philadelphia is using a mediation program to prevent evictions
We’ve written about vertical farms and affordable housing extensively at The Optimist Daily, but never have we seen these two concepts combined. Until now, that is. This is the exact combination we’re going to witness in Westbrook, Maine, where a multistory greenhouse is being … [Read more...] about Affordable housing and vertical farms: A match made in heaven?
The pandemic has shown us all how important it is to be connected to the Internet. The problem, however, is that millions of Americans still live without a reliable connection to the web, which is especially problematic for kids considering the school year is just around the … [Read more...] about Philadelphia to provide free internet for 35,000 low-income families
We’ve talked a lot about the mental and physiological benefits of time outside. One U.S. city specifically is studying these benefits and taking action to improve the health of its residents. A study found that Philadelphia could prevent 400 premature adult deaths a year by … [Read more...] about Philadelphia is planting trees to prevent premature deaths
Following into the steps of Chicago, and Los Angeles, Philadelphia’s library system has officially joined the movement of ending the policy of charging patrons for past-due materials, also eliminating any existing overdue fines from library cards. The library’s former policy … [Read more...] about Philadelphia’s library system joins in on ditching fines for overdue books