The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

I’ve been in the projects since I was four. I was raised in the projects all of my life. If I were to tell my professors that I grew up in the projects, they’ll probably, look at me differently.  They judge. They all do. Even if they don’t want to, they do. The mayor, you hear him say all the time, you have to help your own community. You have to help your neighbors, right? So they make us feel like we can’t leave, but when we don’t leave, we don’t have a future here, either. What are we supposed to do? It’s not fun to be in the projects.

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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