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    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Construction tax's fate uncertain as City Council wraps up for summer

The fate of a proposed 1 percent construction tax for Philadelphia remained up in the air Thursday, during the last City Council session before the summer recess. The bill squeezed past…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

Small post-fire rooming-house reforms advance in City Council

Since the rooming-house fire that killed four people in March, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been pushing for legislative reforms to change how the city regulates group living facilities.…

    • Protesters at Thursday's City Council hearing on a package of affordable-housing bills.

Activists' protest delays, but doesn't derail, affordable-housing bills

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s affordable-housing package moved forward Thursday, despite activists who occupied the council chamber for 30 minutes to protest provisions of the bills that they argue would deprive…

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ABOUT HOUSING

Housing is a basic human right, and it is a need that shapes the fabric of our city. In Philadelphia 70% of the housing units in the city are rowhouses, of which 75% are more than 50 years old. Some 40% of Philadelphia renters live in single-family homes. Housing affordability remains a persistent challenge for Philadelphians, driving who can live where. Housing development is meaningfully shaped by federal, state and city policies that influence the supply and demand of housing through fiscal, institutional, legal, land use, and regulatory strategies. 

UPCOMING EVENTS IN HOUSING

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