coronavirus

How to solve Philly’s affordable housing crisis

Although COVID-19 has put a spotlight on housing inequality, our city had serious housing issues long before the pandemic hit. Now is the time for organizations in the public and private sector to help address this crisis and specifically work towards rectifying the wrongs to Black, brown, Latinx, and communities of color. | From: Plan Philly (Read more.)

Civic and Community Engagement

Philly Landlord Tenant Officer married to city judge

Like many valuable functionary positions orbiting city government, the current Landlord and Tenant Officer, lawyer Marisa Silberstein Shuter, has family ties: She is married to Municipal Court Judge David C. Shuter, who personally presides over certain eviction cases, and is the daughter of that court’s former President Judge, Alan K. Silberstein. Legal observers say the arrangement is reflective of a larger culture of nepotism within the courts and presents a serious conflict of interest. | From: PlanPhilly (Read more.)

Housing

Philly backs down from evicting homeless encampment

Philadelphia officials have postponed the eviction of the homelessness protest encampment on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The city had given the roughly 150 residents of the camp until 9 a.m. Friday to leave, after weeks of negotiations broke down and pressure from neighborhood residents and sports leagues pushed officials to act. | From: WHYY (Read more.)