"Low-income Philadelphians are losing their homes because of property tax foreclosures, gentrifying areas rapidly pushing people out, reverse redlining, and rent-to-own scams.
This has a particular impact on the African-American community; In 2016, 84 percent of foreclosure filings were in minority census tracts. Philadelphia also has an affordable-housing crisis for tenants, and people of color are disproportionately burdened by housing costs and income inequality, leading to a greater chance that they will experience eviction.
Philadelphia must increase affordable housing and continue to adopt policies to further fair housing, reduce displacement from gentrification, and help overcome patterns of segregation and racial isolation." ...
Looking to chill and have some fun before the holidays? Come out to our happy hour tonight at Dahlak, anytime between 6:30-9:30pm! Meet the folks who are making the Good Cause campaign happen and diss some slumlords while you're at it! ...
Good Cause Happy Hour!
November 21, 2017, 6:30pm - November 21, 2017, 9:30pm
Come celebrate our progress with the Good Cause bill so far at Dahlak! Have fun, diss landlords, and hang out with the members of the Philadelphia Tenants Union who made it all happen right before the holidays! Come early and eager because the first drinks of the first 16 people to arrive will be covered by us!
What's Good Cause You Ask?- Philadelphia has an Eviction Crisis. Good Cause Eviction Legislation prevents landlords from evicting tenants at the end of lease term unless the tenant has in some way breached the lease. This is the first step in fighting rampant gentrification and development, keeping thousands of tenants in their homes.
"In the summer of 2017, in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale, over 300 tenants living across 12 apartment buildings went on rent strike to protest a wave of rent increases that would have displaced members of their community.
Through months of organizing and a series of escalating actions, working-class people took on the biggest corporate landlord in their neighbourhood… and won.
In an age where gentrification is rapidly transforming the nature and demographics of working-class neighbourhoods in cities across the world, pushing out poorer tenants, people on fixed incomes, immigrant communities and other long-term residents, the story of the Parkdale rent strike offers an important and practical lesson on how we can organize with our neighbours to fight back." ...
"From 2000 to 2014, the city lost 23,000 affordable ($750 a month or lower) rental units and is projected to lose thousands more in the future. For potential homebuyers, median housing prices have risen 25.9 percent in just the last three years. And consider this: At the $7.25 minimum wage, it would take 128 hours of work a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment in Philadelphia at market rates.
Where this is leading is not good: increased economic segregation and concentration, not only of poverty, but of wealthy areas where most Philadelphians can’t afford to live near where they work. This would deepen the poverty and inequality that is entrenched in Philadelphia.
This isn’t fair, especially because many of these same Philadelphians have helped subsidize the 10-year property tax abatement program that has increased developers’ profits by thousands, even millions, of dollars – and benefited higher-income homebuyers.
For example, with the abatement, the owners of a $527,000 house in South Philadelphia pay taxes on just $150,224 of that value, saving them $5,275 a year in property taxes for 10 years. Meanwhile, families desperate for safe, stable homes are turned away from affordable-housing programs because there are not enough resources. This is a policy of inequality." ...
The hot real estate market contributes to rising rents and home prices that are pushing low-income and working-class people out of their old neighborhoods, and prevents them from finding housing in neighborhoods right for them.