The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

“We have all these houses. Why can’t we fix up these houses? Our homeless rate would go down. The Section 8 list, the housing list, would not be ten thousand strong. I got my housing letter. I’m actually ninety-five hundred eighty-four on the waiting list. That’s where I am. Why I am nine thousand something and there are all these houses in Baltimore city that are vacant, not just in this area but throughout the whole city? Why can’t we go and fix these houses up?”

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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