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    • 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,” he informed the gathered politicians deliberately. Church also needs an…

    • 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…

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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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