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    •  Projects in 10 jurisdictions across PA will receive the grant funding to preserve affordable housing units, ranging from suburban Montgomery County to rural Indiana County. (Jenny Kane/AP Photo)

Affordability isn't just a city problem — Harrisburg sends housing grants to suburban, rural areas

With green lawns and white picket fences, Abington Township is hardly a poster child for gentrification. Yet housing costs have doubled in this Montgomery County suburb over the past 20 years.…

    • Tracey Gordon stands in front of homes in her Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s new Register of Wills wants to fight fees that lock people out of homeownership

When Tracey Gordon’s grandmother fell ill, the elderly Philadelphia woman made a decision. She preemptively transferred the deed to her home to her son –– Gordon’s uncle — a move intended…

    • Rowhomes at 34th and Spring Garden Street for sale or rent. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly housing costs rising faster for poor and middle class than for the wealthy

As the Philadelphia region’s poorest residents spend more to keep a roof over their heads, the area’s wealthiest residents are spending less, according to new research from economists at Apartment Life,…

    • Bobby McCurdy at home on his porch in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New help is here for Philly seniors who want stay in their homes

Bobby McCurdy, 76, lives on his own in the four-bedroom Sharswood home he inherited from his mother. Living alone at this stage in his life doesn’t bother him — he likes…

    • Caption/Description: James Smith Jr. rents a room in Victor Pickney's rooming house. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rooms for rent: Inside Philadelphia’s shadow housing market

James Smith Jr. got lucky. The 68-year-old pays $80 a week to live in a safe building in Brewerytown, one of the city’s quickly gentrifying neighborhoods. He moved in five years…

    • Ricardo Wilson moved into his unit in the new Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia this week. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Sharswood residents return home after $28 million tower upgrade

Kenneth Miller shouted at the elevators on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia. “Can we get the elevator?” he cried. “We live here!” The 67-year-old…

    • A row of houses, colorful but in need of substantial repairs, on North 27th Street in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia launches $40 million home repair loan program

A new low-interest loan program aimed at helping Philadelphia homeowners fix aging or damaged homes will provide $40 million worth of repairs to qualified applicants, city officials said Wednesday. The Restore,…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council proposes 3 affordable housing fixes

City Council is moving forward with three pieces of legislation to address affordable housing and poverty in Philadelphia. The proposed bills would establish a low-income legal defense fund, “fair-chance” housing for…

    • A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has apartment dwellers taking extermination into their own hands. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

Landlords must exterminate bed bugs under City Council bill

Philadelphia landlords who go soft on bedbugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla. Philadelphia is currently the only big city that does not…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. speaks at an anti-eviction rally, organized by the Philadelphia Tenants Union. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

City gets behind ‘good cause’ eviction law, but with some reservations about next steps

The mayor’s reception room hosted an array of Philadelphia politicians and housing activists Tuesday afternoon, all of whom promised to fight for renters’ rights. The details, however, varied significantly, depending on…

    • Single-family houses with ground floor garages recently rose on the 200 block of Arch Street.

3 reasons why Philadelphia won’t follow Minneapolis’s ban on single-family zoning

For people who follow U.S. housing policy, 2018 ended with a radical suggestion hanging in the air. In December, Minneapolis confronted a growing affordability crisis and longstanding patterns of racial segregation…

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