Hestia Construction is featured in an article on Philly.com; the owner Rachel Street, and others donated time and materials and completed repairs valued at about $6,000 and preserved a home for a Philadelphia family. The family helped was planning on applying for the City of Philadelphia’s Home Preservation Loan Program. Read the article here.
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Ken Steif, Univ. of Pennsylvania Urban Planning Professor applauds Philadelphia City Council for proactively supporting low-income residents before they are priced out of gentrifying neighborhoods with home repair loan and grant programs in a Plan Philly article.
He points to programs like the Healthy Rowhouse Project, which helps vulnerable homeowners with repairs so they can stay in their homes, and to recent City Council legislation, also designed to help low-income Philadelphians rehabilitate owner-occupied residences. In that way, homeowners can decide whether they want to stay in growing neighborhoods, or cash out their equity by selling close to the market rate. Read full article here
Jared Brey writing for Next City about Atlanta’s program cites Philadelphia as a leader with the $100 million Bond Issue to preserve homeownership in the city with an expanded grant program as well new loan program. Read full article here