City Council embarks on new plan to reduce poverty

City Council intends to unveil a series of bills intended to reduce Philadelphia’s stubbornly high poverty rate and increase affordable housing security and options.

News Story (Pennsylvania)

Michael D’Onofrio
Philadelphia Tribune
March 5, 2019

Tags: Housing: Eviction, Housing: Right to Counsel

Organizations mentioned/involved: Philadelphia Bar Association


Clarke said the makeup of City Council, which has passed a series of progressive legislation, and the city’s finances made now the time to embark on more ambitious legislation.

The city also stands to gain from helping its poorest residents.

It could save approximately $45 million a year in costs related to the eviction process by investing $3.5 million to provide legal counsel to low-income tenants facing evictions, according to a 2018 report from the Philadelphia Bar Association.