The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience
Who knows what can happen?

I’ve been trying my best to pay my rent.  It’s been a struggle; it’s been hard.  I can’t let myself go down. I can’t be in a shelter with five kids. My kids are going to get depressed. Who knows what can happen? I always say I would never give up on my kids.

When we spoke to Marinette in her home, her biggest fear was becoming homeless. This fear was realized a few months later, when she had to move into a homeless shelter with her children after being evicted from her house.

Licenses and Inspections

Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections administers and enforces the City’s regulations related to property maintenance, business licenses, and zoning codes.  The department is empowered to take lawful action to correct dangerous conditions, including making necessary emergency repairs to properties, cleaning and sealing abandoned buildings, and demolishing vacant buildings that pose a threat to public safety.

Current Issue

The Department of Licenses and Inspections continues to experience reduced capacity due to a series of City budget cuts.  Community members often find that complaints to the Department go unanswered.   

 

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