Housing

Philly has few affordable homes for multigenerational families. There are no plans to change that

Two days after 12 people died when their apartment caught fire, Philadelphia Housing Authority CEO Kelvin Jeremiah said the agency had “absolutely no indication” the intergenerational clan wanted to move out of their four-bedroom unit. But even if the family members did want to leave as relatives have told reporters, the agency would have struggled to accommodate them, especially if the family wanted all 14 to stay together in a bigger home. Of the roughly 14,000 units in its portfolio, the Philadelphia Housing Authority doesn’t have any big enough to house a group that size. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

Housing

Philly Affordable Housing Plan Failed to Help Targeted Home Buyers

An affordable housing program was meant to help 1,000 middle-class residents buy a house in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Instead, it subsidized the construction and sale of only 140 homes, including several that have been rented out or resold for profit. City officials now say there was little oversight and that an audit of the program should be conducted. | From: NBC10/Telemundo62 (Read more.)