Philadelphia City Councilman calls for more affordable housing

municipal advertising darrell clarke
City Council President Darrell Clarke (Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro).

City Council President Darrell Clarke has a plan to add more affordable housing inside rapidly changing neighborhoods in parts of North and South Philadelphia.

According to his plan, the city could add 1,500 properties — 1,000 for rent and 500 for sale — through a combination of funding resources and trades of city-owned land.

To build the 1,000 rental units, the city would spend $300 million, borrow $100 million and take $200 million in state and federal funding.

For the 500 units for sale, the city plans to sell to developers city-owned properties in areas such as Point Breeze, Mantua and Francisville.

The developers would build the houses, then sell them to low-income residents. However, the sale is predicated upon a few important details: the resident would make the house their primary residence for at least 10 years, and the house can’t be resold for more than its original sale price.

The prospective homeowners would also have to afford a $200,000 mortgage.

Out of the city’s roughly 1.5 million residents, about 450,000 live at or below the poverty line. Clark said more than 100,000 are on an affordable-housing waiting list.

The plan still has major hurdles, namely approval from Mayor Michael Nutter and commitment from the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

In a statement, Mark McDonald, Nutter’s spokesman, said the administration “Looks forward to a briefing by the Council President where he can explain his proposal.”

“We are particularly interested in how this proposal meshes with the Philadelphia Housing Authority program that kicked off in May 2013 to form development partnerships to create and preserve 6,000 affordable housing units in the next five years, using many of the same techniques described by Clarke,” McDonald said. “The PHA program was endorsed by the Mayor last year.”


Follow Tommy Rowan on Twitter: @tommyrowan

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Twitter: @metrophilly

Follow Metro Philadelphia on Facebook: Metro Philadelphia


Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.


Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."


Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.


Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).


Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.


Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline


Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…


Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.


Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.


Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.


Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…