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Pennsylvania wants more housing for the homeless, aging and poor. Here’s the state’s plan.

Overlooked communities Homelessness is expensive. In Pennsylvania, it’s become more common.

To combat this and to increase housing for Pennsylvanians who can’t afford average market-rate rent and residents in government-assisted nursing homes, the state’s Department of Human Services [DHS] today announced a five-year plan to make affordable housing easier to find.

Posted inDATA, DEVELOP PGH, ECONOMY & HOUSING, EDUCATION, Equity, IN-DEPTH

Thousands of disabled workers in PA paid far below minimum wage

About 13,000 disabled Pennsylvanians are earning an average of $2.40 an hour in a legal use of subminimum wages.

Since 1986, there has been no limit to how little they can be paid.

Does this practice provide opportunities for people who wouldn’t otherwise have a job? Or does it exploit those who could work for minimum wage if given the chance?