The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

"That’s Shaykia, she's my fourteen year old. She helps out a lot with her baby sister. That’s her school, and this is the school’s playground. I thought the playground was only supposed to be for the children to go and play.  But on the playground there were drug needles, people smoking marijuana and stuff.  So where do we take our small children to go and play?  There’s nowhere that we can take children to go play without being exposed to a lot of that stuff."

Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers

Like other urban centers, Philadelphia has a shortage of affordable rental housing.  Housing Choice Vouchers are available for low-income families pay more than 30% of their income on rent and can be used for any apartment in the private rental market.  Only 2 million housing choice vouchers available nationwide, resulting in extremely long waiting lists in many areas, including Philadelphia.

Current Issue

Continued funding for Housing Choice Vouchers is at risk deficit reduction negotiations.

 

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