Media Mentions

State Sen. Nikil Saval: We Can Collaborate to Meet Deep Needs

State Sen. Nikil Saval: We Can Collaborate to Meet Deep Needs

n 2020, organizer Nikil Saval ran for office on a platform that included housing rights and a Green New Deal for Pennsylvania, and defeated a powerful Democratic State Senator. Less than two years later, Sen. Saval seized on the opening created by the American Rescue...

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Building Schools Back Better

Building Schools Back Better

Something unexpected happened in Pennsylvania politics recently. A leftist state senator got bi-partisan support from archconservatives in one of the most ideologically divided states in the country. Though the breakthrough didn’t happen in the arena of education...

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Why Does Building Inspection Fail Tenants? A Professor Explains

Why Does Building Inspection Fail Tenants? A Professor Explains

In a housing crisis, much of the attention goes to keeping people housed, building new housing and keeping that housing affordable. But the deteriorating quality of much urban housing – and the impact this can have on the day to day lives of tenants – often fails to...

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Philadelphia Museum of Art workers authorize strike

Philadelphia Museum of Art workers authorize strike

Members of a union representing staff at the Philadelphia Museum of Art authorized a strike in a near-unanimous vote Tuesday night. Local 397, part of AFSCME District Council 47, has been negotiating its first contract with the institution’s administrators since the...

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Tree clearing for FDR park wetland sparks outrage

Tree clearing for FDR park wetland sparks outrage

The renovation of a popular park in South Philadelphia is attracting renewed criticism over the cutting down of trees. The multi-year, $250 million transformation of FDR park kicked off this spring with the groundbreaking of a new welcome center. The city recently...

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Sealing the Cracks in Weatherization and Home Repair

Sealing the Cracks in Weatherization and Home Repair

High utility bills and years of deferred maintenance have forced many low-income homeowners and renters in Pennsylvania to live with lead paint, drafty windows, leaky roofs, exposed wiring, mold, and other health hazards. Many residents endure these conditions because...

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Pennsylvania – Investments to Address Housing Crisis

Pennsylvania – Investments to Address Housing Crisis

Governor Tom Wolf was joined by members of the General Assembly, housing advocates, and stakeholders in Philadelphia to celebrate the critical $375 million investment in the 2022-23 budget addressing the affordable housing crisis. “Safe, affordable housing is...

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How Pennsylvania’s New Whole Home Repair Program Can Help You

How Pennsylvania’s New Whole Home Repair Program Can Help You

Pennsylvanians can soon access state assistance to pay for needed home repairs thanks to a new program. Included in the state’s 2022-23 budget is $125 million for the Whole Home Repair Program, which is geared toward helping lower to middle-income residents who might...

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Home repair program funded in budget

Home repair program funded in budget

tate Sen. Nikil Saval announced a $125 million appropriation in Pennsylvania’s 2022–23 budget to establish his Whole-Home Repairs Program. Saval issued the following statement: “Every person has a right to a home that is safe — a home that is healthy. But right now,...

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Sealing the Cracks in Weatherization and Home Repair

Sealing the Cracks in Weatherization and Home Repair

High utility bills and years of deferred maintenance have forced many low-income homeowners and renters in Pennsylvania to live with lead paint, drafty windows, leaky roofs, exposed wiring, mold, and other health hazards. Many residents endure these conditions because...

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Local officials celebrate passage of state home repair program

Local officials celebrate passage of state home repair program

The passage of the bipartisan Whole-Home Repair program is “what democracy looks like,” said state Rep. Sara Innamorato. “It’s not just about showing up and voting. It’s about making sure that you stay engaged with your community and your elected officials,” said Ms....

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The Art of the Deal

The Art of the Deal

This time the hosts interview Pennsylvania state Senator Nikil Saval about the remarkable fact that he got a climate and affordable housing bill through a Republican-controlled legislature. What's up with that? Other stuff mentioned in the episode: the previous...

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Briefs: July 12, 2022

Briefs: July 12, 2022

Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon announced that Philadelphia International Airport is being granted $24 million from the Federal Aviation Administration through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that she voted to pass last fall. The competitive grant for...

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