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Date February 2015
Client Center for Architecture
Length Extensive web content at www.healthyrowhouse.org

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Healthy Rowhouse Project

The goal of the Healthy Rowhouse Project is to improve the health of Philadelphians and preserve critically needed affordable housing by using innovative strategies to improve housing conditions in thousands of rowhouses each year. May 8 helped to found this project and is working diligently with the Executive Director and experts to create viable home repair models for Philadelphia's low- and moderate-income households living in rowhouses. Dozens of studies May 8 added to the Healthy Rowhouse Project Resource Library have shown that by repairing homes, we can dramatically improve the health of the families and individuals living there. At the same time, we can preserve affordable housing that we could never afford to build today.

May 8 is working with Healthy Rowhouse in 2016 to size the problem to understand how many homes need health-related repairs to remain viable and to research home improvement programs in cities across the nation.  May 8 is also working to create a revolving loan fund that will include public and private capital to provide thousands of home repair loans annually. Research and program design is ongoing.