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'Just cause' eviction bill clears City Council committee

On Tuesday, a bill intended to protect renters from being evicted without “good cause” moved one step closer to a vote by City Council. Passed out of committee, the bill will…

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City launches new program to help renters facing eviction

Most of the time when renters go to Philadelphia’s landlord-tenant court, they lose. Advocates say that’s because the vast majority of renters cannot afford a lawyer, while the vast majority…

    • During a rally on May 10, 2017 residents of Penn Wynn House apartment building protest an imminent mass-eviction after the property changed hands recently. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Philadelphia renters just scored a courtroom win

For almost a year, tenant advocates and legal aid lawyers have waged a concerted reform campaign aimed at leveling the playing field in Philadelphia's eviction court so to put tenants…

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City commits $40 million to repairing rowhomes

The city is launching this summer a new low-interest loan program that provides homeowners as much as $25,000 to fix up their aging homes, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. The…

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City Hall scores in predatory lending battle against Wells Fargo

A federal judge in Philadelphia has rejected Wells Fargo’s bid to dismiss the city’s lawsuit accusing the bank of predatory lending practices targeting black and Hispanic borrowers, Reuters reports. The city…

    • Vivian Bailey in the Parkside neighborhood where he finally found a landlord who would accept his housing voucher. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

As Ben Carson signals fair housing rollback, advocates call on Mayor Kenney to put forward a 'bigger and bolder vision'

West Philadelphia resident Vivian Bailey, 76, spent much of the second half of 2017 couchsurfing. For the prior two years, he’d been a resident of the Penn Wynn building in Wynnfield,…

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Eyes on the Street

How West Philadelphia businesses answer MLK's call to action

By Jabari K. Jones “We’ve got to realize that the moment is before us!” Those are the words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to energize a thunderous, cheering crowd at…

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Retracing Martin Luther King Jr.'s steps through Philadelphia

On Monday, Philadelphia and the nation will commemorate the 89th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth. A chapter of the civil rights hero’s life unfolded here in the Philly region…

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Most Philadelphia neighborhoods still haven't recovered from the recession

Despite a recent building boom, Philadelphia’s housing market has not recovered from the Great Recession, especially outside Center City. While new high-rises are going up downtown and a handful of neighborhoods…

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The politics behind Philly's affordable housing stalemate

2017 ended without a wrap on at least one City Hall controversy: inclusionary zoning. As my WHYY collague Dave Heller and I discussed on Tuesday's NewsWorks Tonight broadcast ( listen to…

    • The Norris Homes (foreground) will be torn down to make way for a 300-unit development scheduled to open April 2018. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)

December 21: Frankenstein façade alterations | Cross City Communication | Kenney, protected bike lanes

Hearing from Norris Homes residents: WHYY New’s Annette John-Hall covers neighbors’ concerns of displacement due to Temple’s expansion and PHA’s attempts to “incorporate low-income families into the area’s social blueprint.”…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Gamblers, foreign money and struggling homeowners: Inside Philly’s sheriff sale boom

Above a nondescript dry cleaners in Center City sits a mysterious little office. The rare visitor has to walk through an unrelated tax preparation business to reach its three tiny rooms,…

    • Alex Peay in his North Philadelphia neighborhood

How redlining segregated Philadelphia

About a third of the homes on West Oakdale Street between 15th and 16th in North Philadelphia are empty. Six vacant lots interrupt the narrow rowhouse block. On a recent November…

    • Signage for new housing on the way. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Inclusionary zoning bill clears committee, but final vote delayed until 2018

Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s controversial bill requiring developers to devote a percentage of new housing to low-income residents incrementally advanced on Tuesday, but don’t expect a City Council vote on it anytime soon.…

    • Queen Lane Apartments: West Penn St and Pulaski Ave. | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks
Eyes on the Street

HACE CEO: City Council should pass inclusionary zoning bill

Philadelphia’s housing market is red-hot. Building permits issued from 2013 through 2016 exceeded the previous seven years combined, and thousands of new rental apartments have been added downtown in the last…

    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

NLNA President: City Council, don’t fumble inclusionary zoning bill away on the two yard line

A mixed-income housing bill making its way through City Council aims at an important goal, but could miss the mark badly and hurt our city if Council rams it through next…

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New phase of housing authority's Sharswood project wins positive review

Plans for North Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood could include brick-clad rowhomes, ranging from one to three stories, with surface parking and open green space behind the units. The Civic Design Review (CDR)…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Hold the zone: Vote on inclusionary zoning delayed a week in wake of opposition

Facing opposition from neighborhood civic associations and the real estate industry, Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez asked City Council’s Rules Committee to push back a vote on her controversial inclusionary zoning bill on…

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Eyes on the Street

Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

    • A large crane looms over the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Inconclusive Zoning: Planning Commission not sold on changes to affordable housing bill

The inclusionary zoning bill that City Council spent all autumn crafting now appears to have morphed into what critics say would essentially be an impact fee on Center City development. In…

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