5th Square is proud to announce our endorsement for the Good Cause Eviction legislation pending before City Council (City Council Resolution No. 170854).
Good Cause is a crucial amendment to our existing tenants' protection laws, which will prevent thousands of Philadelphians from facing wrongful evictions at the end of their lease terms.
Philadelphia has lost over one-fifth of its affordable housing since the year 2000. In some neighborhoods, eviction affects up to 15% of renters each year.
This epidemic directly targets our most vulnerable citizens. Two-thirds of those evicted each year are women of color. Having children increases chances of eviction by 300%. This needs to end, and Good Cause is a solid first step in bringing this crisis to a halt.
We look forward to working with the Philadelphia Tenant’s Union and supporting their tremendous work strengthening rental protections in Philadelphia.