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Restore, Repair, Renew: Remediating the Effects of Systemic Racism on Healthy Housing

Clarifi’s Jill Roberts, Director of the Healthy Rowhouse Project, was awarded with a Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Community Development for the work she and Clarifi have done to preserve homes, prevent displacement by gentrification and help close the wealth gap in Philadelphia.

Read an article co-written by Cedric Steenberghs, Director of Development, and Jill Roberts on the Restore, Repair, Renew program here.

Restore, Repair, Renew Annual Report

In March, the City of Philadelphia’s low interest loan program for which Clarifi is a program intermediary, Restore, Repair Renew (RRR) celebrated it’s one-year anniversary.  The City just released its first Annual Report on the program.

  • RRR has a 53% approval rate (compare that to the 25% approval rate on the private market in Philadelphia)
  • The average RRR borrower’s income is 60% of Area Median Income, and 84% of RRR borrowers are minorities. 
  • The total amount of RRR loans closed or preapproved is $2.7M! (which is pretty good for one year)
  • Our borrowers have a 0% default rate! We are proving that Philadelphia’s low- and moderate-income homeowners are a safe bet.
  • And last, but certainly not least, RRR has provided assistance in every Council District in the city!

Click here to view the report