This website represents the Save the UC Townhomes Coalition, a resident led organization.
The UC Townhomes is a 70 unit Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) development located at 3900-90 Market St. in Philadelphia, PA. Built in 1983, the townhomes are located within the boundaries of the West Philadelphia neighborhood known as the Black Bottom, an historically black neighborhood displaced in the late 1960s through the City government use of eminent domain to make way for what is now known as “University City.” The townhomes, with land bought from the city for $1 after the Rizzo administration found itself in federal court for housing discrimination in locating section 8 sites, were built and are still owned by IBID Associates, a subsidiary of the Altman Group.
On July 8 2021, owner Brett Altman informed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that it would not renew it’s federal tax subsidy and would put the property up for sale on July 8, 2022. Local business reporting estimated the sale price at upwards of $100m.
UC Townhomes tenants were given notice that they would have to move by July 8th, 2022 but as of March 2022 still have not received a housing voucher from HUD to begin looking for a new place to live. As anyone who has tried to find a Philadelphia landlord who will accept housing vouchers as a form of payment can tell you, this is a near impossible task on such a short time frame. The Covid-19 pandemic has only compounded the difficulty of potential relocation.
UC Townhomes residents are organizing to halt the sale and demolition of their homes. Please read over the materials on this site to learn more about the issue and join the campaign!