Housing: A Special Report

 By Jessica Lista and Talia Leggieri

North Central: Giving the Homeless a Second Chance at Life

North Central: Giving the Homeless a Second Chance at Life

Standing at the corner of Broad and West Jefferson streets sits a massive brick building with rows of scalloped, white-trimmed windows and two fluted pillars that adorn the sides of a set of rusted red double doors. Little do people know that this building is not only historic but has been used in a variety […]

 By Nicholas Deroose and Brittany McRae

Tioga: Kailo Helping the Homeless

Tioga: Kailo Helping the Homeless

[vimeo 25520490 height=400 width=600]   William Davenport is going to turn 50 this year. He smilingly recounts how he spent his birthday last year with a big cake, ice cream and a cookout. He hopes to have the same party again this year when his birthday rolls around in July. Davenport is also homeless. He is […]

 By Tina DiSerafino and Kimberly Cuenca

Logan: Northwest Counseling Service Named ‘One in a Million’

Logan: Northwest Counseling Service Named ‘One in a Million’

  About two years ago, Floid Tillman was just another business owner feeling the wrath of the slumping economy. Although business was slow, bills continued to pile up. As the owner of a small family-oriented boutique, Tillman had seen better days of business selling intricate hats hand-stitched on the premises by his wife, Martha Tillman. […]

 By Kimberly Cuenca and Tina DiSerafino

Logan: Yorkhouse Provides Seniors With Luxury Living Options

Logan: Yorkhouse Provides Seniors With Luxury Living Options

Kevin Griffin spent many years trying to convince his parents to sell their home and move into The Yorkhouse, a housing facility with luxury-style apartments built for seniors age 55 and older. Griffin said it had become increasingly difficult for him to travel to their home regularly in order to ensure that they had taken […]

 By Kyle Gauss and Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Local Construction Benefits Community Socially and Economically

Francisville: Local Construction Benefits Community Socially and Economically

It’s hard to walk through the Francisville area without noticing the sudden upswing of construction. It seems that almost every block is experiencing an influx of new houses or newly renovated properties. While some members of the community find this to be a nuisance, the facts show that the community greatly benefits from the new […]

 By Liz Roper and Valerie Rubinsky

South Philadelphia: Community Organizations Develop Neighborhood

South Philadelphia: Community Organizations Develop Neighborhood

Earlier this month, a joint project between Community Ventures and South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc. won affordable housing home ownership rehabilitation program funding through the Office of Housing and Community Development. The project is the construction of 11, three-story, three-to-four bedroom homes in Point Breeze, priced between $110,000 and $180,000 per house. “This project is Community […]

 By Liz Roper and Valerie Rubinsky

South Philadelphia: Housing Market Trends Differ From Community Opinion

South Philadelphia: Housing Market Trends Differ From Community Opinion

The housing market in South Philadelphia can change depending on the block. However, while the numbers suggest a downward trend in the price of homes, realtors and residents are optimistic about the community. “Some of the trends I noticed in the area are more investors coming in. Twenty years ago, South Philly was much different […]

 By Amanda Harvey and Loren Golden

Southwest Philadelphia: Airport Expansion May Mean Losing Homes

Southwest Philadelphia: Airport Expansion May Mean Losing Homes

Over the years the Philadelphia International Airport has become progressively busier. From people needing to fly in, fly out and the traffic surrounding its roads for drop-offs and pick-ups, it has become quite tight. In order to accommodate this high amount of traffic, Philadelphia has decided to expand the airport boundaries. Over the past 10 […]

 By Eric Donnelly and Elliot Griffin

Mount Airy: Shelter Works to Find Homes for Families

Mount Airy: Shelter Works to Find Homes for Families

Many homeless shelters across the country come with a negative stigma. Oftentimes, assumptions are made about those in need–drug problems, crime and teen pregnancy usually stand at the forefront of those judgments. The staff and residents of Stenton Family Manor, however, are trying to put an end to that stigma. As a faith-based shelter, the […]

 By Dan Snyder and Juliet DeRose

South Philadelphia: Home Repair Crisis Looms Large in Neighborhoods

South Philadelphia: Home Repair Crisis Looms Large in Neighborhoods

Blocks of row homes with broken windows, chipped paint and an abundance of visible safety hazards. This sight is all too familiar in the Southeast district of Philadelphia. In the working class neighborhood, many of the residents simply cannot maintain the upkeep of their older homes. In uncertain economical times, maintaining the internal safety and […]