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    • The cover of the Urban Institute's executive summary of the report, sponsored by HUD.

New research paints a frustrating portrait of housing voucher program

A new national study calls the country’s housing choice voucher program — formerly known as Section 8 — “daunting” for low-income residents hoping to leave poverty behind. The reason: Not enough…

    • Roofer Rob Nolfi applies a reflective topping on a rehabbed roof in North Philadelphia. Cool roofs help keep temperatures down when the city heats up. (Irina Zhorov/The Pulse)

A hotter topic: Building heat resilience into multifamily housing

Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades. Since May, the city…

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

Old homes, high poverty make Philadelphia housing less than affordable for some

In cities such as Boston, New York, and San Francisco, affordable housing is increasingly scarce. Across the United States, most lower-income households spend more than half of what they make each…

    • A view under the El at 52nd Street in West Philadelphia.

Bold strokes in W. Philly Promise Zone housing plan, but no funding punch to back it up

What good are big plans without any funding? That’s the question the city Planning Commission grappled with Tuesday, when confronted with a comprehensive housing strategy for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone.…

    • 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.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

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,…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March 2018 fire.

L&I commissioner: Boarding houses aren’t going away. Philly neighborhoods need to make room for them

Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections Commissioner David Perri thinks that the city’s zoning code is “inadvertently” encouraging property owners to illegally carve dwellings into multi-unit boarding houses. The regulations skirted by such…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s $9 million goodbye to Germantown’s worst landlord

Everyone has crossed paths with a bad landlord. Then there’s Leroy Prince. His apartment in East Germantown doesn’t have hot water.  The gas is on. It’s the tank that’s the problem.…

    • Queen Lane Apartments: West Penn St and Pulaski Ave. | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks
Eyes on the Street

HACE CEO: City Council should pass inclusionary zoning bill

Philadelphia’s housing market is red-hot. Building permits issued from 2013 through 2016 exceeded the previous seven years combined, and thousands of new rental apartments have been added downtown in the last…

    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

NLNA President: City Council, don’t fumble inclusionary zoning bill away on the two yard line

A mixed-income housing bill making its way through City Council aims at an important goal, but could miss the mark badly and hurt our city if Council rams it through next…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Is mandatory inclusionary zoning the answer to Philly’s affordable housing question?

City Council’s attention of late has been focused on keeping rent and mortgages affordable for all in Philadelphia as steady, year-over-year population gains increase housing prices. But the bills introduced to…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

As Philadelphia’s housing market booms, economists warn the city may be in a bubble—or something worse

Stephanie Somers knows how to throw a party. At an open house for a set of townhouses built out the shell of an 105-year-old rectory, the realtor picked a Prohibition theme.…

    • 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…

    •  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…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

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…

    • Morning playtime after breakfast before Summer at the Courtyard programs begin | Michael Bixler, Hidden City

Queen Villagers work toward neighborhood integration by organizing around kids

In Queen Village there’s a rare attempt to bridge community divides between affluent residents and tenants of an affordable housing complex through summer programs for neighborhood kids, support for public schools,…

    • 205 Race under construction, July 2016

Density bonus for mixed-income housing at work around the corner from One Water Street

PMC’s 11th-hour jockeying with the city over how to meet the density bonus it was granted for One Water Street made waves after the company chose not to include the promised…

    • One Water Street, June 2016

Kenney administration considering enforcement change in response to One Water Street

Last week on WHYY’s Radio Times, Mayor Jim Kenney addressed the recent controversy over One Water Street, where PMC Property Group backed away from including 25 reduced-rate units in their…

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