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West Oak Lane home gets much-needed makeover, asks $217K
Quite the transformation
A stone home that sits on the end of a row of houses in West Oak Lane has hit the market, debuting a brand new look after undergoing a much-needed makeover.
The home at 6642 N. 16th Street, just on the edge of Phillyâ€™s city limits, was in bad shape when it last sold in July 2017 for $77,000. Carpet covered the hardwood floors, the kitchen cabinets were askew, and the bathrooms were dark and dank.
No longer. The 1,754-square-foot, four-bedroom, two and a half bath home has been renovated from top to bottom, revealing refinished hardwood floors in the spacious living room, a brand new kitchen with plenty of storage, and a finished basement that adds an additional 513 square feet of living space.
Aside from cosmetic changes, the home also has 23 new windows, four new doors, and is now hooked up with central air conditioning and a new heating system.
The asking price of home is $216,900.
- 6642 N. 16th Street [William Kwasniewski, Century 21 Advantage Gold-South Philadelphia]
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Phillyâ€™s new Housing Preservation Loan Program: What to know
The loan will help low- to middle-income homeowners make home repairs
Relief may be on the way for Philly homeowners who need to make repairs on their homes but canâ€™t afford to do so. This summer the city and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority are planning to launch a new home repair program for low-, moderate-, and middle-income homeowners that could offer as much as $25,000.
An Inquirer report revealed that the city plans to put $40 million toward the Housing Preservation Loan Program (HPLP). These funds are part of the $100 million raised from the cityâ€™s 0.1 percent hike in the real estate transfer tax.
The rest of those funds have gone toward the cityâ€™s already-existing free Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) programs: The Basic Systems Repair Program (BSRP), Adaptive Modifications Program (AMP), and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). Thatâ€™s allowed the city to address the three- to five-year waiting list for these home repair assistance programs.
Ahead of the HPLPâ€™s launch later this year, here is what we know so far about the new home repair loan.
What is the Housing Preservation Loan Program?
The HPLP is a new initiative spearheaded by the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Housing Authority that is geared toward low-, moderate-, and middle-income homeowners in Philly who need loans to make home repairs.
Why did the city create this loan program?
Philly has a very old housing stock; one report found that the median age of Philly homes is 82, the oldest in the nation. That means homeowners have to deal with a lot of issues, from leaky roofs to drafty windows to poor plumbing.
But home repairs are expensive, and many Philly homeowners canâ€™t afford them. The PRA notes that about three out of five Philadelphians who applied for repair loans between 2012 and 2014 were denied. Thatâ€™s twice the national average.
How do you qualify for the loan?
- You must be a homeowner and show proof of ownership.
- The home must be your primary residence.
- You cannot have any outstanding liens or judgements against the property.
- Your credit score must be 580 or higher.
- You can have a first mortgage on your home.
Tell me more about the loans.
They can be used for home repairs that range from â€œleaky roofs to installing wheelchair ramps,â€ according to the Inquirer report. The loans will be issued in amounts ranging from $2,500 to $24,999. The interest rate will be 3 percent and the term length will be 10 years.
Is it available now?
Not quite. The PRA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for financial institutions who want to issue the loans, and those are due by Friday, January 26. The loan programâ€™s target launch date is this summer. Stay tuned!
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Temple stadium moves forward, seeks City approval
Residents, students still oppose the project
Temple University is officially moving forward with its plans to build a $130 million football stadium and mixed-use facility on its campus in North Philly.
Temple announced Thursday its plans to file a project submission to the City Planning Commission as it begins the city approvals process. The news comes nearly two years after the university first announced its plans to build its own football stadiumâ€”its football team currently leases the Eaglesâ€™ Lincoln Financial Field.
Current plans would keep the height of the north end of the stadium no higher than adjacent row homes on Norris Street.
In addition to the stadium, the plan calls for a mixed-use facility that would house classrooms, meeting and research spaces, and an estimated 28,000-square-feet of retail. It would all be â€œlocated entirely within Templeâ€™s existing footprint and owned by the university,â€ the announcement read.
But the project has been met with much pushback and scrutiny from students, local residents, and the community. In response to Templeâ€™s announcement, a group that calls itself the Stadium Stompers said:
Stadium Stompers opposes the stadium, because it will increase the pace of gentrification and the physical and financial displacement of long term Black residents. The stadium construction is an outright waste of tuition and taxpayer dollars that should be spent on meaningful community benefits like higher campus wages and a tuition freeze. Temple can expect heightened local opposition to the stadium as they move forward without community support.
Temple President Richard M. Englert said the university has spent the past two years meeting with the community and â€œwill continue our conversations with neighbors to address concerns over the impact of the project.â€
He continued, â€After more than two years of these discussions, and in light of the projectâ€™s tremendous value for Temple and North Philadelphia, I have concluded that the time is right to take this step.â€
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Philly receives $33M to help the homeless
Nearly 100 homeless assistance programs, ongoing and new, will make use of the funding
The federal government just awarded a record $2 billion to homeless assistance programs across the country, and Philly received $33 million of it that will go toward nearly 100 local programs, some old and some new.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provided funding for all of the 99 homeless assistance programs that the city requested for HUD to renew. Pennsylvania received $102,583,484 from HUD.
Philadelphiaâ€™s Homeless Services Director Liz Hersh said in a statement, â€œWe are thrilled because this substantial allocation of funding enables us to not only continue whatâ€™s working but to expand on it.â€
The $33 million awarded to Philly will go toward existing programs that as a whole provide 2,700 transitional and permanent housing units and services for the homeless. Itâ€™ll also continue to help certain groups in need, including those struggling with an addiction or mental illness and families with children whose head of households are living with HIV/AIDS.
But some of the new funding will also allow the city to launch this year six new homeless intervention programs targeted toward particular populations that OHS has recently identified being vulnerable and in need of extra support, such as young, homeless adults: A recent study found that 569 youth and young adults were homeless and unaccompanied during one night in Philadelphia.
The six new programs will focus on the following:
- Households fleeing domestic violence
- Young adults ages 18-24
- Households with children
- Households without children
- Homeless people brought into the system through mobile assessors
- Chronically homeless households where the head of household has a disability
Fri, 19 Jan 2018
Womenâ€™s March 2018: Philly street closures, route, and time
Everything you need to know about the march on Saturday
Last yearâ€™s Womenâ€™s March on Philadelphia brought some 50,000 people to the Parkway who marched to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with 2.9 million marchers all around the world. This yearâ€™s march returns this weekend with the same route and is expected to draw similar crowds to the cityâ€™s streets.
On the most basic, non-political level, this means road closures, detours, and limited parking on Saturday, January 20. Whether you plan to participate in the event, or just want to know how itâ€™ll impact your commute this weekend, weâ€™ve got you covered.
When will the 2018 Womenâ€™s March in Philadelphia take place?
The march kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, but folks will start gathering at Logan Square on the Parkway at 8 a.m. A demonstration will take place following the march and last until 3 p.m.
Whatâ€™s the route for the Womenâ€™s March on Philadelphia?
Itâ€™s the same route as last year: It starts at 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway and makes its way to Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
But due to security measures, there will only be certain spots where you can enter the march:
- 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- 20th & Race Streets
- 20th & Vine Streets
If you only want to attend the rally, hereâ€™s where you can enter:
- 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway (north and south sides)
- Pennsylvania Avenue & Spring Garden Street
- 25th Street & Kelly Drive
- Eakins Oval (south side, near 24th Street)
Which streets will be closed for the Womenâ€™s March on Philadelphia?
These roads will be closed from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 20:
- Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 18th Street and 20th Street (including Logan Circle)
- 19th Street between Race Street and Vine Street
- Race Street between 20th Street and Logan Circle
- 20th Street between Arch Street and Callowhill Street
- Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 20th Street and Eakins Oval (all lanes)
- 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street
- 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Race Street
- 23rd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- Spring Garden Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
- 2000 Winter Street
- Kelly Drive (outbound) from Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Fairmount Avenue
- Martin Luther King Drive between Eakins Oval and Montgomery Drive
- Spring Garden Street Bridge at 31st Street (Local access maintained to Anne dâ€™Harnoncourt Drive)
Where canâ€™t I park?
These streets will be closed to parking from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 20:
- Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 16th Street to 20th Streets (both sides of the street)
- 20th Street from Race Street to Benjamin Franklin Parkway (east side of the street)
- 19th Street from Cherry Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)
- 18th Street from Arch Street to Vine Street (both sides of the street)
- 17th Street from Race Street to Arch Street (both sides of the street)
- 1600 Cherry Street (both sides of the street)
- Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to Eakins Oval (all lanes; both sides)
- 21st Street between Pennsylvania Avenue & Race Street (both sides of street)
- 22nd Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Winter Street (both sides of street)
- 2100-2200 Spring Garden Street (north side of the street)
- 2000 Winter Street
- 1400-1500 JFK Blvd. (north side of the street)
Whatâ€™s the best way to get to the Womenâ€™s March on Philadelphia?
Walking or public transportation are your best bets. Suburban Station and City Hall are the closest SEPTA stops to the Parkway. For bus detours or to find out about potential delays, visit SEPTAâ€™s website for updates.
Thu, 18 Jan 2018