Housing: A Special Report

 By Dan Snyder and Juliet DeRose

South Philadelphia: Refugees Find Homes in Local Neighborhood

South Philadelphia: Refugees Find Homes in Local Neighborhood

[vimeo 25516777] Immigration has been a long withstanding aspect of Philadelphia culture. Individual and families from Ireland, Italy, Poland and Germany came in droves throughout the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries. Today, Philadelphia’s population remains diverse throughout each distinct neighborhood. While the South Philadelphia district has historically been an Italian community, today, […]

 By Laurie Jamaitus

Powelton Village: Ending Homelessness One Step at a Time

Powelton Village: Ending Homelessness One Step at a Time

[vimeo 22751991 People’s Emergency Center] At the People’s Emergency Center, support for homeless families and neighborhood revitalization are top priorities. Providing shelter and social services to those in need, this Powelton Village-based organization takes pride in the opportunities it creates for clients. “Our main goal is to supply [clients] with supportive services such as housing, […]

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Making Row Homes More Age Friendly

Francisville: Making Row Homes More Age Friendly

[vimeo 22909614] About 8,000 people become 65 years old every day. The people who reach this age in Philadelphia today may be in for a rude awakening when they try to find housing to suit their needs. Row homes have been the most prevalent form of housing in the city for centuries, and as residents age […]

 By John Paul Titlow

Kensington: A Rare, Happy Ending For Landvest Rental Scam Victims

Kensington: A Rare, Happy Ending For Landvest Rental Scam Victims

For whatever reason, Andrew Valerio didn’t think much of it when instead of handing him keys to the house, his new landlord gave him a power drill to remove the lock on the front door. Perhaps it was because Valerio was anxious for his family to move into a more spacious house on a quieter […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Neighborhood Encourages the Preservation of Historic Homes

Queen Village: Neighborhood Encourages the Preservation of Historic Homes

Queen Village is an area extraordinarily rich in history.  The development of the neighborhood can be traced all the way back to the early 17th century when Swedish immigrants settled in the area slightly south of Philadelphia and began expanding north. Relatives of Öle and Andreas Swanson—the original owners of the 800-acre plot of land […]

 By Amanda Carden and Chelsea Solitrin

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Queen Village: Historic Homes Have Stories To Tell

Imagine Queen Village as it was in the early 1800s—a growing community located right outside of the capitol of a fairly recently independent nation. The U.S. Naval Shipyard was on the rise and offering plenty of jobs, although they were very low paying. The devastation of the yellow fever epidemic, which had swept the city […]

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: Flooding Creates Controversy About Venice Island

Manayunk: Flooding Creates Controversy About Venice Island

[vimeo 23096757] For some Philadelphia residents, Venice Island–a patch of land between the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill River—is a site for contentious debate. Since its official inception in 1889, Venice Island has challenged a community determined to reform it. Residents have complained about major flooding issues, citing a devastating flood in 1999 that occurred […]

 By Passion Rutledge

North Central: Tearing Down to Build Up

North Central: Tearing Down to Build Up

[vimeo 22890200] Gregory Trainor has not had an alcoholic beverage in three months. Though he still frequents bars, he’s content with just ordering a glass of water. “I took a pledge,” said Trainor, 23. “I will not drink until we launch our demolition program.” The “we” Trainor references is the Philadelphia Community Corps, a non-profit he […]

 By Stephanie Mullen and Mary Mazzoni

Francisville: Parks Create More Than Just Grass

Francisville: Parks Create More Than Just Grass

[vimeo 22909418] A cleaning and greening initiative has swept Philadelphia including the small, historic neighborhood of Francisville. Vacant lots in Francisville are disappearing at a surprisingly fast rate thanks in part to Penelope Giles, founder of the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corp. (FNDC). In 2008, Giles decided to assemble a team of five to 10 people […]

 By Jenny Hong

Olney: A Realtor’s Insight on Housing

Olney: A Realtor’s Insight on Housing

  Thirty years ago, A.V. Abraham quit his job as a health care specialist to pursue another career as a landlord, realtor and owner of American Home Realty Center. The housing market was where the money was. Realtors were making more money than medical physicians. At American Home Realty Center, located on 5601 N. Second […]