Philly City Council Heeds Warning on Evictions, Middle Neighborhoods
Last year, Reinvestment Fund’s Policy Solutions team examined evictions in Philadelphia. We found that about 20,000 renters are evicted each year—that’s one in every 14 renters. In majority Black neighborhoods, eviction rates were more than three times as high as predominantly White areas. We testified before Philadelphia City Council about our findings. This summer, City Council allocated $500,000 to support renters in eviction proceedings, crediting the work of Policy Solutions as influential in that funding decision.
Reinvestment Fund’s Emily Dowdall (far left) as Councilwoman Helen Gym announced new funding to support renters facing eviction
Joined by Congressman Dwight Evans, we also presented our research into “middle neighborhoods” to the Council’s Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless. These are neither the poorest nor the wealthiest neighborhoods in a city, typically experiencing neither precipitous decline nor rapid appreciation.
Middle neighborhoods are critical to cities’ economic stability and opportunity, which is why it’s important that cities consider policies to bolster these areas strengths, before they find themselves in decline. Read more in On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods, edited by Paul Brophy, a member of our Policy Advisory Board and to which we contributed a chapter.