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    • Blocks of rowhouses in Northeast Philadelphia's Oxford Circle neighborhood

A fresh look at the city's tax-aid programs for its many homeowners

In Philadelphia, fears about development and neighborhood change are often couched in terms of rising home values and increasing property taxes. Philadelphia may be the poorest big city in America, but…

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More city money for anti-eviction efforts brings expanded access to legal services for tenants

During city budget negotiations in the spring, it looked as if a line item to help tenants facing eviction might be in peril. But in the final deal, funding for…

    • 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.…

    • Philadelphia's new program for reunifying families takes a rapid rehousing approach

Philly offers affordable housing to help parents regain custody of kids in foster care

In Philadelphia, not having a safe, stable place to live prevents parents whose children have been placed in foster care from regaining custody 40 percent of the time — 10 percent…

    • Mitch Little of the city's Community Empowerment and Opportunity. (Tom MacDonald/ WHYY)

Task force wants mediation to prevent evictions in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a game plan for cutting down on the number of people evicted from their homes or apartments. The eviction rate is high in the city, partly because only about…

    • A view of City Hall and its neighbors
Eyes on the Street

Looking at Philadelphia from the prism of `The Divided City'

Author Alan Mallach will appear in conversation with PlanPhilly's Jake Blumgart from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St.  I recently published a book called…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Construction tax's fate uncertain as City Council wraps up for summer

The fate of a proposed 1 percent construction tax for Philadelphia remained up in the air Thursday, during the last City Council session before the summer recess. The bill squeezed past…

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

Small post-fire rooming-house reforms advance in City Council

Since the rooming-house fire that killed four people in March, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been pushing for legislative reforms to change how the city regulates group living facilities.…

    • Protesters at Thursday's City Council hearing on a package of affordable-housing bills.

Activists' protest delays, but doesn't derail, affordable-housing bills

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s affordable-housing package moved forward Thursday, despite activists who occupied the council chamber for 30 minutes to protest provisions of the bills that they argue would deprive…

    • Union leader John Dougherty strongly opposed the construction tax.

Union leader, administration officials blast construction tax

Despite criticism from some senior city officials and blistering opposition from the building trades unions, a proposed 1 percent tax on construction to fund affordable housing passed out of City Council's finance…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Protest against construction tax planned even as amendments are in the offing

Some affordable-housing advocates are preparing to protest the details of legislation -- set to receive a hearing in City Council on Wednesday -- that would levy a one-percent construction tax on…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Anti-squatting measure, months in the making, moves out of City Council committee

David Oh’s anti-squatting legislation has finally advanced out of committee, after nine months of relentless advocacy from the Republican at-large City Council member. The legislation seeks to address what Oh’s office…

    • 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…

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