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Mixed Income Housing Bill

Mixed Income Housing Bill

On December 5th bill No. 170678, known as the mixed-income housing bill, was voted out of the Committee on Rules and into the hands of City Council.  City Council will make the final vote as to whether or not the bill passes, sometime in 2018 after their winter recess. 

The aim of the bill is to increase the availability of affordable housing units and to challenge the displacement caused by rising rent prices. The bill was introduced by Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and is backed by Councilman Darrell Clarke, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.  

A week prior to the Committee on Rules vote, committee council members heard testimonies from supporters and opponents of the bill. Among those providing testimony on behalf of the bill was Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia’s CEO Corinne O’Connell.   

The mixed-incoming housing bill would require future development projects with 10 units or more in high-density areas of Center City and University City to set aside 10% of those units as affordable housing. Developers would have the option to pay into the Philadelphia Housing Trust fund instead of building affordable units. The Housing Trust Fund supports home repairs, homelessness prevention, and other affordable housing measures through grants to non-profits and affordable housing developers.  

With the Mixed Income bill, Low- and moderate-income families would have the opportunity to move into higher-income neighborhoods. With higher-income neighborhoods, health and safety improves while students gain access to better education opportunities. The Housing Trust Fund will allow for improvements to be made in traditionally low-income neighborhoods.  

Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone should have a decent place to live. We give people hand-ups instead of hand-outs. We believe the Mixed Income Housing bill would be a huge hand-up for Philadelphians. If passed, this bill would go a long ways towards our vision of a city where everyone has a safe, affordable place to call home.  

Read Corinne O’Connell’s full testimony here.