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    • yazmin vasquez

Philadelphia sets aside $500,000 to help renters fight eviction

Standing beneath dozens of portraits of Philadelphia mayors in City Hall’s reception room, Yazmin Vasquez told the assembled crowd what it’s like to sleep in a house without a functioning heater.…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New townhouse-style units cohabitate with the old Senior Tower on the Norman Blumberg Apartments site, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.   The scale of the project…

    • The Bridge at 205 Race Street, June 2017

Council wants to make developers build inclusive, affordable housing

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, the last before the summer recess, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill that would require many private developers to build permanently affordable housing units. The legislation…

    • Olney Ave.

Council hears fears of outlying "middle" neighborhoods' decline

On Tuesday afternoon, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker held a marathon hearing on “Middle Neighborhoods,” the kind of stable, working-to-middle class areas that kept Philadelphia afloat in the worst years of…

    • Miami Vice Blue, Fairhill | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Tax diversion bill would preserve homeownership and improve property-tax collection efforts

Community Legal Services says property-tax delinquency is the biggest reason people come to its office seeking assistance right now. But community contributors Catherine Martin and Jonathan Sgro, CLS attorneys who focus…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. arrives ahead of a anti-eviction rally, organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, on Wednesday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Councilman Jones pushes tenant rights bill

Tomorrow is zero hour for the tenants of the Penn Wynn high rise in West Philadelphia. On June 1st, the building’s new owners, Cross Properties, are forcing them out of their…

    • Sharrows are symbols that remind drivers and cyclists to share the lane.

Council considering bills to cut taxes on affordable housing, add short 15th Street bike lane

The final City Council session in May proved to be a quiet affair, with multiple presentations and photo ops dominating the proceedings. Here are a few highlights from the otherwise quiescent…

    • Tulip and Westmorland | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Parking and affordable housing dominate Department of Planning and Development budget hearing

At City Council’s hearings on the capital budget two perennial issues dominated the debate: parking and affordable housing. The subject of the day included funding for the nascent Department of Planning…

    • Eviction hearing in City Council, March 20, 2017

Council hearing examines evictions, substandard housing, and possible solutions

William Church didn’t look at ease in City Council’s high-ceilinged chambers. The 65-year-old former Marine experiences what he calls “extreme anxiety,” a condition he slowly and deliberately described to the gathered politicians.…

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

North Philly couple suing landlord’s lawyer over right to evict

In 2013, Gerrell Martin and Curtis Sampson rented a property in North Philadelphia for their large family. The family is low-income and they have six children. Their two-year-old child suffers from…

    • Landlord-tenant court in the Widener Building

To reduce unfair evictions tenants need lawyers

In a city with a staggeringly high eviction rate, landlord-tenant court is one of the busiest corners of Philadelphia's municipal judiciary. To get to the court, walk into the lobby…

    •  Philadelphia Housing Authority's three and four bedroom Ludlow Home developments located on the 1300 block of Marshall Street.

Housing advocates hope budget negotiations will unlock more resources

Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget speech at City Council today covered a lot of ground. From his central policy priority--the Rebuild Initiative—to bravura capital projects like capping I-95 and announcing a much…

    • Construction worker

Center City's housing boom slightly outpaces demand

Center City is still booming, the Center City District (CCD) reports. Housing is the subject of the latest report from Philadelphia’s premier business improvement district. The headline number is that 2,506…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Can Allan Domb's big idea for tax deadbeats win over City Hall?

Allan Domb came into office with one big item on his policy agenda: Make the deadbeats pay. The councilman estimates that the City of Philadelphia is owed almost $500 million in…

    • PHA homes located on the 1500 block of N 6th Street, in the Ludlow section of Eastern North Philadelphia.

Will Philly's new fair housing plan advance without pressure from HUD?

In 2016 Philadelphia became one of the first major cities to implement Barack Obama’s groundbreaking fair housing regulation. After a sometimes-acrimonious public comment period, the city submitted its plan to…

    • Eviction protest in Germantown (file) | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

New research reveals depth of Philadelphia’s eviction crisis

Like pretty much every other city in America, Philadelphia suffers an eviction problem.   Tara Jackson knows that all too well. Two years ago, this longtime resident of Germantown received an…

    • north 13th street

Philadelphia's disappearing low-cost rental housing revealed in Fed gentrification study

“Gentrification” is a perennial topic in Philadelphia. Community groups fear rising costs and displacement. Academics debate the extent to which we need to be concerned. Regional leaders wish for a bit…

    • from A Place to Live

Keystone Crossroads: A 1940s documentary about housing and poverty in Philadelphia, and progress since then

The 1941 Academy Awards were notable for several reasons. "Citizen Kane" failed to win Best Picture, which instead went to "How Green Was My Valley." There was great anticipation from the…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New housing nears completion, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: PHA celebrates 57 new rental units built at edge of Blumberg site

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) brass will join elected officials and residents in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of 57 new rental units. The brick townhomes represent the first…

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

Matthew Desmond on America's eviction epidemic and housing as a nonpartisan issue

On Monday evening Matthew Desmond, author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” spoke to an overflowing room at the University of Pennsylvania’s College Hall. The lecture…

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