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City of Philadelphia

Housing Security


Our mission is to provide leadership that strengthens and coordinates the City's anti-poverty efforts on behalf of its most vulnerable citizens and communities.


Our vision is a diverse, prosperous, and vibrant Philadelphia where all citizens are treated with dignity and respect — a city where the impacts of poverty are acknowledged and action is taken to support those most in need.
Many Philadelphians are one or two missed paychecks away from living on the street.
Almost 60 percent of renters and more than 40 percent of homeowners spend one-third or more of their income on housing expenses. About 10,000 city properties are in some state of foreclosure. These problems result in part from an inadequate supply of affordable housing.


CEO will convene City departments and nonprofit providers to analyze the effectiveness of current services and programs like eviction prevention, home repair, and mortgage diversion to help people stay in their homes. In addition, it will work to increase other resources and supports like assistance with energy conservation, weatherization, and help with utilities, case management, and other social services.
Signs of Success

  1. Increased number of people who receive assistance to prevent loss of home and other homebuyer-related assistance.
  2. Increased number of people who secure safe and affordable permanent housing.
  3. Increased number of people receiving housing counseling who also receive other needed services: treatment for mental illness, substance abuse counseling, domestic violence counseling; financial education workshops; utility and conservation assistance; and public benefits counseling.

Contact Us

Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity
1234 Market Street
16th Floor
Philadelphia, Pa. 19107