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    • 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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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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