The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

“It’s not where you live, it’s how you live. Yeah, you could take like, little chairs and make it homey, make it your own. Not that my neighborhood is so great, it’s a trip around here at night. But the point is that you can take little things and make them better. And that’s how I know God is going to answer my prayers as far as my Section 8 and all of that stuff with the kids, because I’m doing the best I can with what I have.”

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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