coronavirus

Philly mulls extending renter protections as COVID rates spike

The legislative body is mulling an extension of a raft of COVID-era tenant assistance bills from Councilmembers Helen Gym, Jamie Gauthier and Kendra Brooks known as the Emergency Housing Protection Act. Citing resurgent viral case counts, the new legislation would extend elements of these bills that contained sunset provisions while also reinstating a now-expired local eviction moratorium through the end of the year. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

Housing

The historic Philly encampment deal for affordable housing

It was a movement born out of the George Floyd protests for racial justice: Hundreds of people who had experienced homelessness camped out on the Ben Franklin Parkway, on Ridge Avenue and squatted in empty houses across Philadelphia to demand affordable housing. WHYY’s Susan Phillips says explains how this historic deal was struck, and whether it could make a dent in Philadelphia’s affordable housing problem. | From: WHHY (Read more.)