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    • Philadelphia Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections Dave Perri. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Dave Perri's controversial solution to Philly's housing crisis

Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Dave Perri wants to radically rewrite Philadelphia’s zoning code to make room for smaller, more inexpensive housing units. Specifically, he wants to allow more rooming or boarding…

    • Myia Hurst in her Roxborough home. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Housing Authority)

Want to move to a better neighborhood? In Philly, help is on the way.

Myia Hurst lived in a constant state of anxiety for five years. The mother of two went to bed with the sounds of gunshots ringing out below their apartment near 60th…

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Fed: Homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods suffer tax delinquency but not displacement

With gentrification comes an increased risk of delinquency on homeowners’ tax bills, but in Philadelphia, the phenomenon hasn't resulted in a significant increase in displacement of owners, not even among those…

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

Philly landlords evict more people than owners in other large cities

Among large U.S. cities, Philadelphia has emerged as a leader in an unfortunate category: eviction. A new national database published by Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond, and a team of fellow researchers,…

    • Old construction abuts new in East Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City Council brokers compromise with developers on new construction tax and incentives for affordable housing

Philadelphia City Council announced on Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act — an ambitious package of affordable housing bills, including a new tax on construction. The legislation…

    • A backhoe works on the lot adjacent to 1855 N. 21st St., an illegal boarding house where 10 people are believed to have lived before a deadly fire struck last week. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Can better informed residents make neighborhoods safer, Philly Councilwoman asks with new bill

On the heels of a fire that killed four residents of an illegal rooming house in North Philadelphia last month, city leaders are wrestling with how to prevent similar tragedies from…

    • A woman walks past a Wells Fargo bank branch in view of City Hall. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Banks deny claims of discriminatory lending in Philadelphia

Banks denied claims of modern-day redlining at a City Council hearing on Thursday, arguing that the data used in a recent report that found racial disparities in Philadelphia mortgage lending doesn’t…

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson speaks at the opening of Vaux Big Picture High School in Sharswood

In Philly, HUD Secretary Ben Carson finds evidence that 'housing-first' policies work

Norma Cuevas remembers very distinctly when Pathways to Housing PA gave her the keys to her new apartment after two years of homelessness and a stint in jail. “I said, I’m…

    • 1855 north 21 street

Renter beware: Philly's deadly housing problem

The 1800 block of North 21 Street looks a lot like many stretches of North Philadelphia, with three-story red-brick rowhomes standing over vacant lots and cracked sidewalks. But the neighborhood is…

    • bartrams village

Bartram Village wins $1.3 million grant, kickstarting redevelopment

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has won a $1.3 million federal grant that will allow the cash-strapped agency to get started on an ambitious plan to redevelop  Bartram Village, a 500-unit apartment…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Mapping Philly's black homeownership gap

The Philadelphia area boasts a higher rate of black homeownership than many other parts of the United States, yet achieving that quintessential mark of the American dream remains more common among…

    • David Oh | Emma Lee/WHYY

Republican Councilman David Oh introduces $50 million affordable housing bill

When Mayor Jim Kenney’s introduced his $4.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 last week, most of the pushback focused on his plan for increased taxes to cover the Philadelphia School…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

'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…

    • Philadelphia mother and son in front of home

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…

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

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,…

    • Lancaster Avenue, James Wright
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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