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Housing

    • 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…

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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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