Housing Action Plan Dashboard

The Department of Planning and Development’s Housing Action Plan is Philadelphia’s commitment to develop policies and programs to foster economic growth, ensure sustainable neighborhoods, and provide quality, affordable housing options.

This chart shows the progress as of June 30, 2020 towards our 10 year goals.

10-year housing goals

Preserved units are currently occupied units preserved via physical rehabilitation and/or affordability assistance.

New units are units newly occupied or constructed.

Note that these counts reflect a combination of public interventions and market activity.

*For 2020, 80% of Area Median Income for a family of three was $69,600; 120% Area Median Income for a family of three was $104,400. Income guidelines vary from program to program. To find out more, see the Division of Housing and Community Development Income Guidelines.

Programs and activities

Owner

Preserved units

New units

  • Home Buy Now – Down payment grant matching program for employees of participating employers
  • Market Produced – Owner – Homeowner units produced by the market
  • Philly First Home – Down payment and closing cost help for first-time homebuyers. Data also includes previous settlement grant programs.
  • Workforce Housing Programs – New homeowner units for moderate income households

Renter

Preserved units

  • Adaptive Modifications Program – Free adaptations to give people with disabilities easier access to and mobility within the home
  • Affordable Rental Housing Preservation – Occupied subsidized rental units preserved through rehabilitation
  • PHA – Preserved Philadelphia Housing Authority rental units
  • Utility Grant Program – Funding to help people remain in their homes by addressing utility and other financial issues
  • Weatherization Assistance Program – Free weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements

New units

  • Affordable Rental Housing Production – New subsidized rental units
  • Affordable Rental Special Needs Housing Production – New subsidized rental units for people with special needs
  • HOME Rental Assistance – Rental assistance for homeless and special needs households
  • HOPWA Rental Assistance – Rent assistance for people with HIV/AIDS
  • Market Produced – Renter – Rental units produced by the market
  • Permanent Supportive Housing – Rental Subsidy – Rent assistance for formerly homeless persons

Notes on market-produced units

  • Newly constructed units were derived from L&I data with a certificate of occupancy.
  • Sales price was identified by matching units with Department of Records (DOR) data. If no match was found, an estimated sales price was applied from aggregated DOR sales data for arms-length new construction sales within a block group or census tract, or manually adjusted in a small number of cases to account for gaps and errors in primary data sources.
  • Housing type for owner units was found by coupling sales price with cost-burdened measures and housing expenses. The following buckets emerged:
    • Sales Price < $195,000 = Affordable
    • Sales Price between $195,000 and $290,000 = Workforce
    • Sales Price >= $290,000 = Market-Rate
  • Housing type for rental units was determined by identifying the sales prices for new construction within a block group or census tract, calculating the household income necessary to afford that sales price, and assuming that new rental properties targeted the same income level as homeownership developments.
  • Owner/Renter determinations were made by looking at single-family vs multi-family units, the number of owners per address, owner names, off-property mailing addresses, and rental licenses.

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