The Neighborhood Preservation Initiative (NPI) is a $400 million investment to support successful affordable housing and commercial revitalization programs in Philadelphia. Data is available on the NPI budget, expenditures, and households served. NPI data will be updated quarterly. For more detailed information on housing programs supported by NPI and other funding sources, see the Housing Action Plan Dashboard.
- NPI funds were not available in FY22 Q1. Year One funding approved in October 2021.
- NPI supported programs are capped at 100% of Area Median Income, but income guidelines vary from program to program. To find out more, see the Division of Housing and Community Development Income Guidelines.
- Philly First Home relaunched in May 2022.
- Contracted inspectors are currently conducting surveys of retaining walls for the Neighborhood Infrastructure program. NPI funds have not yet been requisitioned. Surveys are expected to be completed by late summer.
- NPI funding for Eviction Diversion did not begin until Q3. Funds have not yet been requisitioned.
- Program design currently underway for Small Landlord Loan and Working Capital.
NPI Program Descriptions
Adaptive Modification (AMP):
The Adaptive Modification Program (AMP) provides grants for disabled renters and homeowners with household income under 50% AMI to fund adaptation projects in accordance with existing AMP criteria.
Covers costs associated with the direct and indirect operation of programs and services under NPI.
Basic System Repair Program (BSRP):
The Basic System Repair Program (BSRP) provides grants to homeowners with household incomes under 50% AMI to fund repairs in accordance with existing BSRP criteria.
Provides funding for the Eviction Diversion Program (EDP) which funds housing counseling, legal services, and mediations services for tenants and landlords as well as nonprofit legal partners who provides services.
NPI will supplement existing programs that preserve LIHTC rental housing developments by funding capital improvements and working with nonprofits to acquire expiring tax credit projects and preserve units.
NPI funds will be used to support Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects, homeownership loans, reduce rents for newly created units, and to purchase land to build new affordable housing units.
Neighborhood Commercial Corridor:
NPI funds will support Commerce Department programs including the InStore Forgivable Loan Program, the Philadelphia Business Lending Network Incentive Grants, the Commercial Real Estate Acquisition Loan Program, and the Neighborhood Economic Development Grant Program.
Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Program (NIIP):
The Neighborhood Infrastructure Improvement Program (NIIP) will fund the Department of Streets to stabilize retaining walls that pose a public safety concern in low and moderative income neighborhoods. NPI funds will also be used by the Community Life Improvement Program (CLIP) to remove dangerous trees in common alley ways.
Permanent Homeless Housing:
NPI will fund the acquisition of or capital improvement to existing public and privately owned properties that provide permanent housing options for previously homeless individuals and families.
Philly First Home (PFH):
Philly First Home provides grants of up to $10,000 (or 6% of the home’s purchase price, whichever is lower) to assist first-time homebuyers reduce the principal, cover down payment and loan closing costs.
Shallow Rent Assistance:
NPI funds will support the PHLhousing + guaranteed income pilot program as well as other programs that provide rental support to low-income or rent burdened residents.
Small Landlord Loans and Working Capital:
Loans to small landlords (30 or fewer units) to be used to make property repairs/improvements, addressing building code, lead paint issues, or to address operating cost.
Provides grants to low-income persons seeking to clear legal title of their homes. The grants cover administrative, legal, and other costs that may arise in resolving a homeownership issue. The work to clear homeowner titles is done through partnership with local nonprofit legal organizations.
- Eviction Prevention Right to Counsel data not available by Council District.