Mayor Jim Kenney announced the formation of an Eviction Task Force to reduce the number of evictions and buffer the effects on low income residents in the Philadelphia. The city is facing a housing crisis due to a shortage of safe and affordable housing. Research shows between 2010-2015, one in fourteen Philadelphia renters faced a formal eviction filing. Last year alone 24,000 evictions were filed in the city.
Mayor Kenney signed an Executive Order establishing the task force. Twenty-seven members have been appointed with experience in housing, landlord-tenant matters, legal services and other related fields. It will be chaired by Liz Hersh, the Director of the Office of Homeless Services and Mitchell Little, the Director of the Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity.
For more details about the Eviction Task Force, see the full press release by clicking here.