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Housing

    • Rowhomes at 34th and Spring Garden Street for sale or rent. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly housing costs rising faster for poor and middle class than for the wealthy

As the Philadelphia region’s poorest residents spend more to keep a roof over their heads, the area’s wealthiest residents are spending less, according to new research from economists at Apartment Life,…

    • Bobby McCurdy at home on his porch in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New help is here for Philly seniors who want stay in their homes

Bobby McCurdy, 76, lives on his own in the four-bedroom Sharswood home he inherited from his mother. Living alone at this stage in his life doesn’t bother him — he likes…

    • Caption/Description: James Smith Jr. rents a room in Victor Pickney's rooming house. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rooms for rent: Inside Philadelphia’s shadow housing market

James Smith Jr. got lucky. The 68-year-old pays $80 a week to live in a safe building in Brewerytown, one of the city’s quickly gentrifying neighborhoods. He moved in five years…

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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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