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The Philly Four: Rent relief funds, COVID tests running low

Sam Britt
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Philadelphia running out of rent relief money

  • Philadelphia has exhausted 90% of its federal funds earmarked for rental assistance. The city only has enough funding left for two more weeks and only a quarter of the more than 60,000 applications for assistance have been processed. Experts said that Philadelphia would need $276 million to cover just the existing applications, ignoring the around 1,500 new ones that come in every week.

Criminal charges filed against pipeline developer

  • The Pennsylvania attorney general filed 48 criminal charges against Energy Transfer for pollution from their pipeline that brings natural gas from the Marcellus Shale gas field to a terminal near Philadelphia. Energy Transfer is accused of dumping industrial waste at 22 sites throughout the state and polluting the drinking water of 150 families.

Philadelphia residents experiencing a shortage of COVID testing

  • Philadelphia residents told Billy Penn that it has become difficult to find available COVID testing facilities in a timely manner. Philadelphia FIGHT testing clinics are only open a quarter of the time relative to what they used to be. These clinics are only open one day a week for two hours. One resident said that the earliest available testing option was four days away from when he looked.

Philadelphia orchestra returns with celebration featuring Yo-Yo Ma

  • The Philadelphia Orchestra will make its return to live, in-person performances with an opening night celebration featuring Yo-Yo Ma. The performance will take place on Oct. 5 at the Kimmel Center. The program, led by Musical Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will feature a tribute to frontline workers titled Seven O'Clock Shout.

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