Philadelphia Coalition for
Affordable Communities (PCAC)

Development without Displacement Campaign

The Issue:

After years of declining population, Philadelphia is becoming a more desirable place to live. There’s increased development in many neighborhoods, which has resulted in a rise in property values and in the cost of living. While this development is critical for improving Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, for too many of us it has meant being forced out of our communities. This has especially affected those of us who are disabled, are seniors, or are part of working families living below the poverty line. We need to preserve affordability in gentrifying neighborhoods so that those who are committed to and invested in our communities can afford to stay.

Our Solution:

The Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities is calling for a package of bills that will create new resources to expand and protect affordability in neighborhoods undergoing gentrification — ensuring that there is Development Without Displacement.

Recent Success:

The members of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities (PCAC) have long been committed to the idea of fairness that is part of the Development without Displacement Campaign. Together we helped to create a strong Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund where 50% of the proceeds are dedicated to improving housing options for families who earn less than $20,000/year. We also made sure that the new Philadelphia Land Bank would be required to provide land to create affordable and accessible housing, space for food production and job creation.

Future Goals:

While we are encouraged by our progress, we know that there is a great deal of work still to be accomplished. Over the next year, PCAC will work to craft and advocate for a package of bills that support Development without Displacement – each bill carefully designed to expand and preserve affordable options in neighborhoods undergoing or potentially undergoing gentrification. Our goal will be the passage of legislation that generates more resources to support food production and the preservation and creation of affordable homes. Click here to find out how you can support our new campaign!

LATEST NEWS

Join the Phila. Coalition for Affordable Communities for a film screening and interactive workshop to learn about the Civil Rights roots of the Community Land Trust movement and about what is happening to build this movement in Philadelphia.

We will be at Liberty Resources (112 N. 8th St.) on the 2nd Floor in the Wade Blank Room.




* About the film: Arc of Justice traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.

NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. You can learn more at: www.arcofjusticefilm.com
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The Civil Rights Roots of Community Land Trusts

June 28, 2017, 6:00pm - June 28, 2017, 7:00pm

112 N 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2422, United States

Join the Phila. Coalition for Affordable Communities for a film screening and interactive workshop to learn about the Civil Rights roots of the Community Land Trust movement and about what is happening to build this movement in Philadelphia. We will be at Liberty Resources (112 N. 8th St.) on the 2nd Floor in the Wade Blank Room. * About the film: Arc of Justice traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. You can learn more at: www.arcofjusticefilm.com

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Tomorrow night! Join the PHL Assembled Reconstructions team for a house raising ceremony and celebration at the "Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood" site. ... See MoreSee Less

Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood / Housewarming Celebration

June 1, 2017, 5:30pm - June 1, 2017, 8:00pm

Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood

Join us for a house-raising ceremony and housewarming celebration as we put the finishing touches on the framework for an affordable house at the “Blueprint for a Just Neighborhood” site at Tillmon Community Garden in Olde/South Kensington. The evening will feature the performance of "Neighbors?" a Philadelphia scene grappling with gentrification and displacement, scripted by playwright Mona Washington and performed by Tony Kamani and Asaki Kuruma. This site is realized in collaboration with affordable housing advocates including Women's Community Revitalization Project, Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, Healthy Rowhouse Project, and Tillmon Garden. The program includes contributions from featured artists and collaborators Lisa Adjei, Betty Leacraft, Brujo de la Mancha, Staci Moore, Tieshka K Smith, Denise Valentine, and Mona R. Washington.

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