Our City's Greatest Challenge

In 2018, Philadelphia City Council set out to create "Narrowing the Gap," a series of actionable strategies for preventing and alleviating poverty through identifying successful policies and programs from across the country, some of which are already underway here in Philadelphia.

Through a series of upcoming legislative packages, and by prioritizing poverty reduction in future City budgets, we plan to work in close partnership with our colleagues in Federal and State government, the Office of the Mayor of Philadelphia, key community institutions, philanthropic investors, and the private sector to begin a dynamic, new approach to addressing our city's greatest challenge.

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HOUSING

Goals:

  • Preserve Housing Affordability and Protect Existing Homeowners
  • Ensure Fair Housing For All
  • Affordable Housing Mandate

Description: Regarding public land sold for redevelopment. Read the legislation. 

Sponsored by: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell

  • Landlord Accountability

Description: To require landlords to prove rental suitability certification in eviction actions and to authorize the creation of a Low-Income Tenant Legal Defense Fund. Read the legislation.

Sponsored by: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell

  • FAIR CHANCE HOUSING

Description: To prohibit landlords from screening and denying prospective tenants for crimes except for sexual assault. Read the legislation.

Sponsored by: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell

  • AFFORDABLE RENTAL HOUSING TAX CREDIT

Description: To incentivize leasing to low-income tenants. Read the legislation.

Sponsored by: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Blackwell

  • RENTAL LISTINGS ACCOUNTABILITY

Description: Requiring listing services to record and report rental license numbers with each advertised unit. Read the legislation.

Sponsored by: Council President Clarke, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Blackwell

Jobs and Education

Goals:

  • Close the Skills Gap
  • Support Fair Wages For Workers
  • Enforce Protections For Workers
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The Social Safety Net

Goals:

  • Support Financial Fairness and Empowerment
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