Roundtable addresses access to city programs

The Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will sponsor the June Shared Prosperity Roundtable, City Accelerator: Removing Barriers and Increasing Access to City Programs, on Thursday, June 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at United Way's building. 1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

City Accelerator: Removing Barriers and Increasing Access to City Programs is the 15th of the Shared Prosperity Roundtables, where organizations and individuals who are interested in partnering in support of Shared Prosperity Philadelphia can come together to deepen their knowledge base, share ideas, and identify opportunities for greater collaboration. The roundtables have attracted audiences that include a broad range of service providers, as well as researchers, foundation representatives and low-income individuals.

In September 2014, Philadelphia was selected as one of three cities in the U.S. for the inaugural City Accelerator, a Living Cities Foundation- and Citi Foundation-funded effort to promote local government innovation to improve the lives of low-income residents. Philadelphia's City Accelerator project aims to increase the percentage of low-income Philadelphians enrolled in taxpayer assistance programs. The project uses insights from behavioral science and participatory design to understand how the City can most effectively reach out and respond to the needs of taxpayers who are eligible for city government taxpayer assistance programs. The June roundtable will be used to share the results of Philadelphia's City Accelerator work to date and receive feedback and recommendations on other ways to best reach eligible residents, encourage them to apply for tax relief programs, and increase enrollment in city government programs.

To participate in the June 25 event, go here.