Flashpoint: Bringing families back to low-income neighborhoods, Shift Fund pays small but impactful bills, and more from Diverse Force

August 05, 2018 - 3:28 pm
Tracey Hanton, Cheryl Carleton and Shalimar Thomas

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the impact of gentrification on Philadelphia neighborhoods. 

Majority-minority cities across the country are experiencing reverse migration as a result of gentrification. In Philadelphia, as more young, educated white suburbanites move into the city, the percentage of African-Americans is going down. Rising housing costs and quality of public schools makes the suburbs more attractive to many families. So how do you get families of color to reinvest in their own neighborhoods and benefit from the city's economic and real estate boon?  

Cheryl Carlton, assistant professor of economics at Villanova University; Shalimar Thomas, executive director of North Broad Renaissance; and Tracey Hanton, a Mount Airy native who moved to Willow Grove; each provide perspective on this issue.
The Newsmakers of the week are Pratyusha Yalamanchi and Elston He, co-founders of the Shift Fund. They recently made headlines in Philadelphia when they used their wedding registry to raise money to help some underserved pay small fees that make a big impact. This young couple — she's a doctor in residency, he's in law school — raised more than $35,000 to pay court fees, co-pays and other fees that keep low-income individuals entangled in systems or put them on a path to trouble. 

Elston He
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Finally, the Changemaker of the week is Diverse Force LLC. Founded by serial entrepreneur Suliaman Rahman, the organization recently launched a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania. Rahman and his group recruit diverse leaders to attend nonprofit board training at Penn and then match them with organizations. He discussed the impact his organization is making in less than a year. 

Sulaiman Rahman
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