December 8, 2022 – In Philadelphia, renters who use Housing Choice Vouchers (a.k.a Section 8), the vast majority of whom are Black, face widespread discrimination in their search for rental housing. A 2018 study from the Urban Institute found that 67 percent of landlords in Philadelphia refuse to accept vouchers—and this rejection rate rises to […]
For years, Philadelphia has passed local laws that would save lives, only to be blocked by the General Assembly in Harrisburg. So we took them to court. By Ben Geffen & Mimi McKenzie October 14, 2022–“When a child cannot leave his home to walk to the corner of his street without risking the prospect of […]
Philadelphia, PA—On September 30, the City of Philadelphia, residents of Philadelphia and Allegheny County who have lost family members to gun violence, and CeaseFirePA filed their brief in their appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in their case challenging Pennsylvania’s firearm preemption laws. The appellants are asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reverse the Commonwealth […]
Recently, the Small Business Administration (SBA) proposed changes to its rules for programs certifying veteran-owned small businesses for consideration for federal contracts. The SBA took a step forward for inclusion of Americans with criminal records by removing categorical exclusions of business owners who are on parole, on probation, or incarcerated. Unfortunately, the agency left in […]
The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) recently completed their Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for 2022. On July 29, members of Renters United Philadelphia (RUP) submitted comments, drawing on their experience as working class renters in Philadelphia. RUP members specifically focused on housing quality issues in their comments, namimg health and safety […]
The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) recently completed their Draft Assessment of Fair Housing for 2022. On July 28, we submitted comments on this plan, which focused on a persistent barrier to safe and affordable housing: source of income discrimination. Our staff attorney Sari Bernstein recommends steps that the City and […]
As the parties gathered in court one final time on Tuesday to argue the legal issues, attorneys for petitioner districts, families, and organizations in Pennsylvania’s historic school funding trial highlighted the promise of a high-quality school system for all students spelled out in the state Constitution that they contend remains unrealized for hundreds of thousands of students in low-wealth districts.
May 27, 2022 — The City of Philadelphia, residents of Philadelphia and Allegheny County who have lost family members to gun violence, and CeaseFirePA plan to appeal a decision released yesterday afternoon from Commonwealth Court dismissing their lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s Firearm Preemption Laws. These laws, they claim, violate the Pennsylvania State Constitution’s fundamental right to […]
“Let me say it again, because it’s the whole case. Low-wealth districts do not have the resources that they need to prepare all children for college, career and civic success.”
Watch the culmination of 13 weeks of trial, 48 days of witness testimony, and years of steadfast efforts of school districts and families across Pennsylvania who sued state officials because they believe a better future is possible for students in our commonwealth’s public schools.