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.”

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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