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Housing Funding in Philadelphia: The Sources and Uses of Public Dollars

Philadelphia, like many large cities, directs a considerable amount of money each year to meet its residents’ needs for quality affordable housing and related services. Over three recent fiscal years (2021-2023), local public sector entities expended nearly $2.3 billion on housing. Although this investment is substantial, it is still not nearly enough to fully meet the housing needs of every Philadelphian. Each year, officials have to make difficult choices about how to allocate limited resources in ways that are cost effective and that make meaningful progress on housing priorities and goals. This report, which was funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts Philadelphia Research and Policy Initiative, is intended to serve as an overview of the sources and uses of locally administered housing funds, as well as a tool for officials and other stakeholders to contextualize past and future housing funding decisions.

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