Foto
06Mar

City’s Blight Task Force to Present Findings, Plan

Share List The five-plus months’ work of the city Blight Task Force will culminate Wednesday with the group presenting its “comprehensive blight strategy plan.” The session will be the fourth and final gathering of the task force, which consists of 18 members, including officials from city government, housing and human service agencies, economic development organizations and…

READ MORE
Foto
Mar

Gun Violence Can Be Reduced By Clearing Vacant Lots, Study Finds

Share List A new Philadelphia study, financed by the National Institutes of Health, finds evidence for a gun-violence remedy few would argue with: clearing trash and debris from vacant lots. Researchers selected 541 blighted parcels to receive one of three treatments from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society: a full-scale makeover with grading, planting, and fencing; a basic intervention…

READ MORE
Foto
Mar

In Southcentral PA, Low-Income Residents are At Risk As Personal Care Homes Rapidly Close

Share List If Xavier Hunter’s personal care home shuts down, about 30 people might find themselves with no place to live. That nightmare, he says, might be just one day away. It could be because his hot water boiler finally kicks. Maybe a new resident brings in bedbugs requiring costly fumigation. Or perhaps simply not enough of his tenants…

READ MORE
Foto
28Feb

FHFA Protects Funding to the National Housing Trust Fund, Nearly $269 Million Estimated for 2018

Share List The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced on February 14 that it would protect funding for the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF) in 2018. The recently passed tax law caused a devaluation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s (the enterprises’) deferred assets, forcing the enterprises to take a draw from the Treasury and…

READ MORE
Foto
Feb

Philadelphia Housing Authority: Trump’s budget would mean $90 million less for us

Share List All presidential budgets are viewed only as a guideline — one that, historically, Congress ignores. Yet President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget is even further complicated by a two-year spending deal enacted by Congress on Feb. 9 to avoid a long-term government shutdown. Trump’s budget, released just three days after he signed Congress’ deal, largely…

READ MORE