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PHA Has a Shortage of Affordable Housing Units. Advocates Are Concerned About Another Tragedy

Emma Lee
Police confer at the scene of a fire on North 23rd Street that killed 12 people, eight of them children.

The head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority says the agency did not have a larger unit to offer the family living in the rowhome fire that caught fire last week in Fairmount. The blaze left 12 dead, making it the deadliest fire here in more than hundred years.

As WHYY’s Aaron Moselle reports, housing advocates worry that means a similar tragedy could happen again.

(Original air-date: 1/14/22)

Aaron Moselle covers housing and community development for WHYY’s PlanPhilly, filing stories for both radio and web. He’s a city native and calls South Philadelphia home.