The Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities is calling for the passage of a package of bills that will create new resources to expand and protect affordability in neighborhoods undergoing gentrification.
Home sales prices are up 6% from last year in Philly and are selling for 15% more than asking price. With housing inventory in decline, we can expect these figures to keep rising. We need increased resources to counteract these market forces and keep housing affordable! ... See MoreSee Less
“For many of these families, the issue isn’t that they don’t qualify for help. It’s that the help they need isn’t available. That’s because unlike some other parts of the social safety net — such as food stamps — affordable housing is not an entitlement. Once the money appropriated by Congress runs out, the aid stops, no matter how much need there might be. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 3 in 4 renting families that qualify for government housing programs don’t receive any assistance.” ... See MoreSee Less
"[Rasheedah] Phillips, an Afrofuturist, started the collaborative art and ethnographic research project 'Community Futurisms: Time & Memory in North Philly.' 'Community Futurisms' aims to document the memories of residents of the Philadelphia neighborhoods Sharswood and Blumberg as they are transformed by a Philadelphia Housing Authority redevelopment project."
"[Philly-based artist Camae] Ayewa sees the project as a concrete way to connect with people experiencing the effects of gentrification. 'It’s important for us to document. I feel like there’s so many different buzzwords in academia, but we really need to hear from the actual people living in these communities.'" ... See MoreSee Less