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6ABC: Local organization gains city council support for new legislation to control vacant public land

[PCAC member Nora] Lichtash says that almost one out of every three African-American households have been displaced out of their neighborhoods due to gentrification in North, South, and West Philadelphia, according to U.S Census data. "Housing prices are going up, food prices are going up, and that was before COVID. So since the pandemic, it's even worse," added Lichtash.

Philadelphia Tribune: Housing advocates call for community control of city-owned vacant land

According to the PCAC report, in the past five years only 7% of new homes built on city-owned land were affordable to families earning less than 30% of area median income, though households in this income make up 31% percent of the city’s population.

Inquirer: Philadelphia urged to use vacant land to curb shortages of affordable housing and food

The Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities, a group of about 60 organizations, wants the city to change the way it distributes public land from a process that tends to favor wealthier developers to one that gives nonprofit developers and communities greater access and time to gather resources to provide permanent affordable housing. Philadelphia owns roughly 6,000 vacant lots, according to the city’s inventory.

South Philly Review: Affordable housing coming to Point Breeze

On Nov. 17, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project broke ground at Capitol and Reed streets on 33 affordable townhomes and apartments in Point Breeze, where Nichols lived most of her 91 years and became the executive director of the Point Breeze Federation.

PlanPhilly: 33 affordable rental homes named for Point Breeze hero Mamie Nichols break ground

Nichols was a community organizer in Point Breeze who played a pivotal role in fighting for affordable housing and other community amenities in the neighborhood south of Washington Avenue. She rightly forecast gentrification in the area as she helped establish resources like the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center on Point Breeze Avenue, a historic commercial corridor where conflicts over redevelopment continue to play out.

Philadelphia Tribune: Report finds affordable housing out of reach in Pennsylvania

No minimum-wage worker in any county, metropolitan area or state can afford a two-bedroom apartment by working a standard 40-hour work week, said the “Out of Reach” report released this week by the National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania.

Inquirer: Point Breeze rental complex proposed under plan to keep homes affordable even if landlord changes

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project, based near Kensington, was approved through a vote last week by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority to buy the tract at Reed and South Capital Streets, west of South 20th Street, for a nominal fee to build what it is calling the Mamie Nichols Townhomes.

Philadelphia Tribune: Protesters call on Kenney to defund police, restore funding to affordable housing programs

“We know that when the city prioritizes funding police over funding affordable, accessible housing, people’s lives are at risk,” said Emma BoorBoor, organizing director for Women’s Community Revitalization Project, which took part in the demonstration.

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