News coverage, media and press releases regarding the Townhomes

National News:

Philly Residents Organize to Block Evictions in University City Townhomes & Preserve Affordable Housing
September 27, 2022 Democracy Now! by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales ft Rev. William Barber

Philly Families Faced With Eviction Are Rising Up, Refusing to Leave Their Homes
September 22, 2022 Movement Memos / Truthout by Kelly Hayes

The Remix Morning Show
September 6, 2022 Black Power Media by Kamau Franklin

Philly Tenants Are Fighting on the Front Lines of the Low-Income Housing Crisis
August 11, 2022 The Nation by Chris Gelardi

“The Only Way We Win is With Each Other” – The Struggle to Defend the UC Townhomes with Rasheda Alexander and Sterling Johnson
August 9, 2022 Millenials Are Killing Capitalism interview/podcast

Save the University City Townhomes (audio)
July 29, 2022 Black Agenda Radio by Margaret Kimberly

Local News:

Philly interfaith community leaders stand behind UC Townhomes residents
September 18, 2022 Al Día by Carlos Nogueras

‘Where are we supposed to go?’ UC Townhomes residents speak out against property’s sale
September 18, 2022 The Philadelphia Inquirer by Sarah Gantz

UC Townhomes residents issue demands, including new ownership to protect their homes
September 8, 2022 The Philadelphia Inquirer by Rodrigo Torrejón

City Council members call for extension of UC Townhomes HUD contract
September 8, 2022 WHYYNews by Cory Sharber

STATEMENT FROM COUNCILMEMBERS HELEN GYM AND KENDRA BROOKS ON THE UNIVERSITY CITY TOWNHOMES
September 8, 2022 by Councilmembers Helen Gym and Kendra Brooks

Los residentes de UC Townhome se reúnen en el Ayuntamiento e interrumpen un evento de networking sobre vivienda asequible para los ejecutivos de Filadelfia / UC Townhome residents rally at City Hall, interrupt affordable housing networking event for Philly execs
September 8, 2022 Al Día by Carlos Nogueras

‘Housing is a human right’: UC Townhomes residents protest as eviction date looms
September 8, 2022 WHYYNews by Cory Sharber

UC Townhomes residents present plan to purchase complex, demand more affordable housing
September 7, 2022 6ABC by Jaclyn Lee

Fight to preserve way of life for affected residents of UC Townhomes continues
September 7, 2022 CBS3 by Siafa Lewis

UC Townhomes residents issue demands, including new ownership to protect their homes
September 7, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Rodrigo Torrejón

West Philadelphia parents facing eviction worry about children changing schools
August 31, 2022 Chalkbeat by Johann Calhoun

University City Townhomes protesters interrupt Penn president’s speech
August 30, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Rodrigo Torrejón

August 29, 2022 WHYY by Aaron Moselle University City Townhomes tenants getting more time to relocate before closure

Protestors crash Convocation, cutting Liz Magill’s first major speech short
August 29, 2022 Daily Pennsylvanian by Tori Sousa, Delaney Parks, Emi Tuyetnhi Tran, and Imran Siddiqui

‘The Big Change’: Inside the Fight to Save the UC Townhomes
August 25, 2022 34thStreet by Kira Wang

The University City Townhomes struggle is part of a history of protest against displacement
Link to video without paywall
August 17, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Jenna Miller

Why the University City Townhomes are really vanishing — and why it could happen again
August 12, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Max Marin and Jake Blumgart

The City Has Failed University City Townhome Residents. They Should Pay For It — Literally
August 9, 2022 Philadelphia Magazine by Ernest Owens

I’m being evicted from University City Townhomes
August 9, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Maria Lyles

Los agentes del sheriff de Filadelfia disuelven el campamento por la fuerza mientras los manifestantes de U City salen a la calle / Philly Sheriff’s officers disbands encampment by force as U City protestors take to the streets
August 8, 2022 Al Día by Carlos Nogueras

At University City Townhomes, officers dismantle encampment as residents protest
August 8, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Justine McDaniel, Rodrigo Torrejón, Max Marin, and video by Jenna Miller

UC Townhomes protest encampment dismantled; residents vow the ‘fight’s not over’
August 8, 2022 WHYY by Cory Sharber

Los agentes del sheriff de Filadelfia disuelven el campamento por la fuerza mientras los manifestantes de U City salen a la calle / Philly Sheriff’s officers disbands encampment by force as U City protestors take to the streets
August 8, 2022 Al Día by Carlos Nogueras

Sheriff’s Office dismantles University City Townhomes protest
August 8, 2022 Philadelphia Tribune by Stephen Williams

Encampment removed outside low-income townhomes that are set to be demolished in University City
August 8, 2022 6ABC by Katie Katro

‘This is my home’: Police shut down encampment protesting sale of affordable housing unit in West Philadelphia
Residents protest possible sale of Philadelphia affordable housing as Monday deadline looms
August 8, 2022 FOX29 by Eddie Kadhim

‘Shame on You’: People Protest Removal of Philly Encampment in University City
August 8, 2022 NBC10 by Deanna Durante

Sheriff’s Deputies Dismantle Protest Encampment Outside Of University City Townhomes
August 8 2022, CBS3 by Joe Holden

“Vergüenza les debería dar”: manifestantes truenan contra remoción de campamento
August 8, 2022 Telemundo62 by Rita Portela

Encampment outside University City Townhomes refuses to budge, despite court order demanding them to move out
August 7, 2022 CBS3 by Wakisha Bailey

UC Townhomes residents: We won’t give up without a fight
August 6, 2022 BillyPenn

Residents set up encampment to protest possible sale of Philadelphia affordable housing townhomes
August 5, 2022 Fox29 with Jeff Cole

Judge orders encampment at University City Townhomes to be dismantled Monday
August 4, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Alfred Lubrano

UC Townhomes property owners pursuing ‘legal remedies’ to break up protest encampment
August, 1 WHYY by Cory Sharber

Law enforcement expected to break up UC Townhomes encampment in coming days, as protesters hold their ground
July 29, 2022 WHYY by Cory Sharber

Affordable Housing Complex Closure Leaves 70 Families to Find New Home
July 27, 2022 NBC10

Judge Orders West Philadelphia Townhomes Encampment To Be Taken Down
July 23, 2022 CBS3

Judge orders University City Townhomes encampment to vacate property
July 22, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Ximena Conde (Video by Jenna Miller)

UC Townhomes residents face court hearing as landlords work to break up encampment
July 21, 2022 WHYY by Cory Sharber

‘We’re all on the clock here’: UC Townhomes residents have no plans to end encampment soon
July 17, 2022 WHYY by Cory Sharber

UC Townhome residents face displacement as IBID Associates co. ends contract with HUD / Los residentes de UC Townhome se enfrentan al desplazamiento cuando la empresa IBID Associates termina su contrato con el HUD
July 14, 2022 Al Día News by Carlos Nogueras

UC Townhomes residents still face displacement
July 14, 2022 The Philadelphia Tribune by Tribune Staff Report

Activists set up encampment at University City Townhomes to fight for fair housing
July 12, 2022 Philly Voice by Brian A. Saunders

West Philly encampment created to protest demolition of low-income housing development
July 12, 2022 6ABC by Sharifa Jackson

6ABC News Segment (6pm)
July 11, 2022
NBC10 News Segment (6pm)
July 11, 2022

West Philly protest encampment takes shape to support tenants of closing affordable housing complex
July 11, 2022 WHYY by Aaron Moselle

Protesters set up encampment at University City Townhomes in solidarity with displaced residents
July 11, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Rodrigo Torrejón and Alfred Lubrano

Hundreds protest displacing residents from University City affordable housing
July 10, 2022 KYWNews Radio by Antoinette Lee

Housing activists set up new West Philly encampment, with over a dozen tents and a new slogan: ‘We ain’t going nowhere’
July 10, 2022 BillyPenn by Emily White

University City Townhomes tenants could get more time to relocate before closure
June 16, 2022 WHYY by Aaron Moselle

Let’s Save University City Townhomes (And Protect their Residents)
May 9, 2022 Design Advocacy Group by George L. Claflen Jr.

Frank Rizzo, the UC Townhomes, and the fight to save Black Philadelphia
April 20, 2022 WHYY / PlanPhilly by Rasheda Alexander and Sterling Johnson

Faculty call on Penn to take action to save the UC Townhomes
April 14th, 2020 Daily Pennsylvanian by Radwan Azim

Affordable housing complex dispute in University City underscores the impact of decades-long gentrification
Mar 21, 2022 Philadelphia Voice by Maggie Mancini

Residents and activists protest a planned demolition of low-income housing in West Philly
Mar 19, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Jason Nark

Bill that places overlay in University City, limits development sparks threat of litigation
Mar 14, 2022 Philadelphia Business Journal by Natalie Kostelni

City Council voted to restrict redevelopment of West Philly subsidized townhouses
Mar 11, 2022 Philadelphia Inquirer by Michaelle Bond and Sean Collins Walsh

Developer filing suit over City Council vote to block sale of affordable rentals in University City
Mar 10, 2022 WHYY by Aaron Moselle

Reality Check with Charles Ellison Ft. Sterling Johnson and Rasheda Alexander
Feb 23, 2022 interview on WURD Radio (recording of original)

Nearly 100 people protest Penn’s role in evictions of University City Townhomes residents
Feb 23, 2022 The Daily Pennsylvanian by By Saya Desai and Jared Mitovich

Penn’s Broken Promises to the Black Residents of “University City”
Jan 23, 2022 The Daily Pennsylvanian by Coalition to Save the UC Townhomes

Penn students and staff rally to help preserve affordable housing for West Philadelphia residents
Dec 14, 2021 Philadelphia Inquirer by Michaelle Bond

Penn, take a stand to protect West Philadelphia residents
Dec 10, 2021 The Daily Pennsylvanian by Leo Biehl

1,700 units of housing are set to vanish in the next 5 years. There’s little Philly officials can do
Nov 11, 2021 Philadelphia Tribune by Ryan Briggs and Aaron Moselle

Developers of lab, life sciences buildings make run at University City affordable housing site
Oct 19, 2021 Philadelphia Business Journal by Natalie Kostelni

‘It’s a part of my life’: West Philly residents protest sale of University City Townhomes
Oct 14, 2021 WHYY News / Plan Philly by Aaron Moselle

Press Releases:

West Philly Residents and Their Supporters Start Occupation at 40th & Market Site to Demand Action on Philadelphia’s Eviction and Housing Crises
July 11, 2022

Tenants of University City Townhomes travel to landlord’s office in Ft Washington demanding an end to displacement and immediate relief.
Feb 17, 2022

Social Media:

September 7, 2022 Press Conference, Rally and Direct Action disrupting BIA Affordable Housing PAC Fundraiser
July 11, 2022 Press Conference Live StreamPhotos

July 9, 2022 Protect the Block Party Live Stream

May 25, 2022 Photos(Philly)

May 14th, 2022 University students disrupt Penn President Wendell Pritchett at Alumni Weekend

May 13th, 2022 High School Students march for UC Townhomes

May 7th, 2022 Darlene Foreman speaking at the Defend Roe Rally in Rittenhouse Square

April 28th, 2022 Short film of March 19 Rally / Cookout

April 22, 2022 Live stream of Action at National Real Estate Advisors (buyer of the UC Townhomes)

April 15, 2022 Live Stream of action at NPDF management office (co-owned by Altman & Upenn)

March 19, 2022 Live Stream of March and Rally at Townhomes and Speeches/Rally at 40th and Market

March 12, 2022 NU Day Resurrection and Liberation on Blog Talk Radio Ms Connie & Ms Darlene at 22:05

March 10, 2022 Live Stream of Press Conference At City Hall

Feb 23rd, 2022 Live Stream of Rally at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

Feb 17th, 2022 Live Stream of Action at landlord’s office in Ft Washington Township.

Feb 15th, 2022 Committee on Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless
(recording of original City Council hearing) UC Townhomes Residents testify; Aida Smith at 58:54 and Rasheda Alexander at 1:09:07

Documents:

Labor for Black Lives Coalition Calls On Mayor Kenney and City Leaders to Save The UC Townhomes

Open Statement In Support of the Coaltion to Save UC Townhomes – The Ubunutu Center on Racism, Global Movements & Population Health Equity (Drexel University)

Displacement In Numbers – Support Zine by Janna Goliff and Nick Pilotti

IBID v Gauthier – Federal court filing by UCT owner IBID against City of Philadelphia

Quadripartite Comission Charter – Feb 1969 agreement signed by University of Pennsylvania committing to financial support for affordable housing in ‘University City’ after student occupation supporting Black Bottom organizing.