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Philly puts $500K to combat city’s eviction crisis

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One in seven renters were evicted in 2014 and 2015

Late last week, Philly announced that it was putting $500,000 toward the city’s ongoing eviction crisis. The funds will help Philly renters with legal assistance who are at risk of getting kicked out of their homes or apartments.

The funding comes after a March public hearing during which City Council learned about the growing eviction crisis in Philly. More than 41,000 renters—one in seven—were evicted in 2014 and 2015, reported CBS3.

Councilwoman Helen Gym said at the announcement that it is not clear how exactly the $500,000 will be distributed. But a request for proposals (RFP) will be put out this summer “to solicit bids for services to help renters in court,” according to PlanPhilly.

Philly already has a pretty specific manual called Partners in Housing that explains tenants rights (here’s a list of the very basics). And the city’s Fair Housing Commission exists to help renters out who feel that their rights as a tenant are being violated.