The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

I heard that this is way better than what it was a few years ago. I came to this neighborhood in like 2005 and it was bad… it was bad.  It got better, but why is it so slow? If they really wanted to they could make a total difference.  They could just clean out, clean everything out and make it into a total different world, if they really wanted to.  But they don’t. There’s so many bright people, so many bright kids living here.  If there were more programs than there is liquor stores, do you think half the girls here would be getting pregnant, do you think half the guys would be in the street?  No.  They would be in those programs.

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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