U.S. budget cuts could imperil low-income housing in Philly


Possible cuts to federal funding continue to be a big concerns during Philadelphia City Council’s budget hearings. 

Any decrease in U.S. funding will need to be offset to preserve low-income housing in the city, said Anne Fadullon, director of city planning and development.

“The proposed federal budget may dramatically impact our local resources.  Regardless of what [the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development] looks like, we still need to provide housing for citizens and meet basic housing needs, she said Tuesday. “Because I know you all agree with me when I say quality affordable housing is a moral right.”

Without support from the federal budget, Fadullon said, Philadelphia will face serious trouble providing services to those in dire need.

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“Honestly, without government dollars, we can’t treat the people who make $10,000 a year or less,” she said.

Philadelphia officials are reviewing how other cities are handling similar situations in hopes of coming up with new approaches.

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