In 2018 the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) released a 10-year Housing Action Plan. The plan addressed the housing needs of Philadelphians at all income levels. It set a goal of creating and preserving 100,000 homes over ten years.

The plan identified key programs and policies to

  • strengthen neighborhoods
  • expand economic opportunities
  • create and preserve affordable housing

DPD tracks progress toward the Plan’s goals with a dashboard that it updates every six months.

How are we doing?

Two-and-a-half years into the Plan we were more than one-third of our way to our goal of 100,000 homes. At the halfway point of 2021 we were more than 50% of our way to our annual goal of 10,000 homes.

What’s new?

We’ve added more data related to the occupants and their income level, race, and ethnicity. We’ve also added charts and graphs to make it easier to understand the data.

Key takeaways

  • The private market produced more than 2,500 new homeownership units in the first half of 2021.
  • The Heater Hotline and Basic Systems Repair programs preserved more than 2,100 homes in the first half of the year.
  • The Tangled Title Program preserved almost 200 homes. Resolving tangled titles is critical to helping residents improve their homes and build generational wealth.

Coming soon!

The Philly First Home program helped almost 3,000 families buy a first home in 2019 and 2020. Paused due to a lack of funding, the program will relaunch in 2022.

Anything missing?

The dashboard does not include Philadelphia’s emergency rental assistance program. As of December 4, 2021, that program has distributed more than $235 million in assistance to 37,500 applicants.

Because DPD developed the Housing Action Plan’s 100,000 homes goal before COVID, the evictions prevented through this COVID relief program are not in the HAP dashboard. The emergency rental assistance program has its own dashboard.