The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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I spent three and a half months in a shelter with my two children and then I got my apartment.  The crazy thing about it is that I still have to do house searches and job searches to qualify for welfare, even though I have a job and an apartment. My caseworker says that I have to look for something lower, than I can afford, I guess because $850 is too much. I don’t know where I’m going to find a two bedroom for a lower price. All the housing that’s low-income is like a year waiting list or more. I’m on the list through Section 8 and I went over there today and they told me that I might not get called for like three years, maybe five.

Public Housing

Philadelphia has a limited stock of public rental housing that is owned and operated by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA).  Like Housing Choice Vouchers, the waiting list can be years long.

Current Issue

Philadelphia Housing Authority has been undergoing a major transition after the former Executive Director was investigated for inappropriate use of agency funds.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assumed oversight of PHA properties until the scandal was resolved.  The news further discouraged struggling families on PHA waiting lists who are in desperate need of stable, affordable housing.

 

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