Keeping Neighbors in their Homes
$100 Million for Affordable Housing is an unprecedented investment in the Housing Trust Fund for the preservation and production of safe, warm, and healthy homes. (Bill No. 180347)
The Tiered Assistance Program (TAP) is the nation’s first income-based water bill program, offering affordable monthly bills to 60,000 eligible low-income households across the City of Philadelphia. (Bill No. 140607-AA)
The Home Repair Bond invests a $100 million in home improvement grants for the Basic Systems Repair Program and home improvements loans through a new program known as Restore, Repair, Renew. (Bill No. 161014)
Kensington Housing Preservation is a $1.5 million initial investment entailing an innovative block by block home repair through public/private.
Fair Property Assessment ensures that longtime residents’ taxes are assessed in a way that is fair, transparent, and not artificially inflated by new construction incentives such as the ten-year tax abatement. (Bill No. 170467)
The Mixed Income Housing Program incentivizes the creation and preservation of long-term affordable units for families seeking access to safe, affordable and healthy homes at a time of unprecedented need. (Bill No. 170678)
Transit Oriented Development incentivizes the preservation and development of affordable, accessible homes along transit-friendly corridors. (Bill No. 180008)
Remapping 2035 is the prospective, community-driven zoning process through which productive dimensional and use standards are assigned to hundreds of acres of land in the 7th District of Philadelphia. (In the past three years, community remapping ordinances include Bill No. 181005, 180519, 180518, 180517, 171003, 171002, 170516, 170333, 160947, 160918, 160681, 160522, 160521, 160466, 160135, 150494, and 150215.)
The Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program is a nationally recognized courtroom reconciliation and counseling program designed to prevent residential owner-occupied homes from proceeding to Sheriff’s Sale.
The Tax Foreclosure Diversion Program is a new and innovative program to mediate and resolve real estate tax liens in appreciating neighborhoods. (Bill No. 170519-A)
The Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) provides tax relief for long-time homeowners by locking in tax assessments for homeowners in rapidly appreciating neighborhoods. (Bill No. 140278, 170901,181103)
Owner Occupied Payment Agreements (OOPA) and the Property Tax Deferral Program provide individualized, income-based property tax payment plans for homeowners with outstanding balances seeking a pathway to compliance. (Bill No. 120054-A, 140278)
The Homestead Exemption affords homeowners a reduction in taxable property assessments, which was recently increased to $40,000 to account for citywide increases in property values. (Bill No. 180166)
The Philadelphia Land Bank revitalizes neighborhoods through a single hub for residents, small businesses, and community groups to transform vacant, blighted land into productive, community use. (Bill No. 130156-A)
Councilwoman Quiñones Sánchez is a member of several national collaborations to build more inclusive and equitable cities, including Local Progress and the Policylink All-In Cities Network.
Tackling the Opioid Public Health Crisis
Assessing Philadelphia’s Current Efforts: Councilwoman Quiñones Sánchez hosts recurring community hearings by the Committee on Public Health and Human Services to assess and inform the City of Philadelphia’s efforts to prevent and treat abuse, addiction, and disease related to the use of opioids, including the removal of quality of life hazards and encampments across Kensington and Fairhill.(Resolution No. 180037)
Authorizing Funding For Solutions: Most recently, Councilwoman Quiñones Sánchez led the Committee on Appropriations to double the city’s financial commitment to the Philadelphia Resilience Project, the City’s interdepartmental response to the opioid crisis, through more than $5.1 million in new funding supports for the communities of Kensington and Fairhill. The proposed budget for the next five fiscal years includes more than $36 million in additional funding for the Philadelphia Resilience Project. (Bill No. 181001, 190164)
Championing Working Men and Women
Creating a Fair Workweek provides retail, hotel, and other Philadelphia employees with flexible working schedules; ten days advance notice of scheduling, predictability pay, and preference for available shifts. (Bill No. 180649-A)
Domestic Workers Bill of Rights extends fundamental labor rights to more than 16,000 historically unprotected nannies, caretakers, house cleaners, and other domestic workers across the city. (Resolution No. 190193).
Philadelphia 21st Century Minimum Wage Standard increasesthe minimum wage to $15 for all City of Philadelphia employees and authorized contractors. A proposed Charter Change further calls on the Pennsylvania General Assembly to provide for a decent, living wage to all City employees. (Bill No. 180846, 190102).
The Municipal ID Program provides all Philadelphians with a secure and affordable photo ID, to display name, address, date of birth, and place of residence, to unlock cardholder access to city and financial services, as well as benefits, discounts, and memberships through City partnerships with banks and credit unions, local businesses, healthcare providers, libraries, museums, entertainment venues, and cultural institutions. (Bill No. 160151)
Comprehensive Towing Reform prevents illegal street towing through a prohibition on the removal of vehicles before tickets are issued by designated enforcement agencies such as the Philadelphia Police Department, Philadelphia Parking Authority, university police, or other authorized entities, and prevents roadway street towing through new technology that enhances and enforces the city’s rotational towing system. (Bill No. 171001, 170517)
Tire Dealer License requires tire dealers to certify proper waste disposal practices so that the City can monitor the receipt and disposal of each tire and enforce against illegal dumping. (Bill No. 180648)
Demolition Safety Reform requires that demolition projects submit and abide by a comprehensive safety plan for worksites. Councilwoman Quiñones Sánchez is the Chair of the Committee on Licenses and Inspection, and an appointee to the City of Philadelphia’s Building Safety Oversight Board. (Bill No. 170091)
Empowering Small Businesses to Prosper
Business Tax Reform exempts small businesses on the first $100,000 of their business income and receipts tax (BIRT) liability, waived their licensing fees, and reduced their liability on sales made outside the city. At full implementation, over 50,000 of the city’s 84,000 businesses are fully exempt from BIRT liability. The legislation also ensures companies headquartered outside the city pay their fair share of taxes. (Bill No. 110554)
Use and Occupancy Tax Reform shields small businesses from a massive tax increase due to the Actual Value Initiative (AVI) by entitling 8,271 small “Mom and Pop” businesses to a $2,000 tax exemption. (Bill 130182-A)
The Single Sales Factor provides nearly 70% in tax savings for the City’s manufacturing sector by incentivizing manufactures that conduct business inside the City of Philadelphia. (Bill No. 110554)
The Sustainable Business Tax Credit and Jump Start for BCorps Program establish Philadelphia as the Benefit Corporations (BCorps) Capitol of the World, through two tax relief bills that fully exempt business income and receipts tax liability for new and existing businesses, respectively, in order to promote businesses that do well by doing good by creating family-sustaining jobs, providing significant opportunities for women and minority participation and ownership, and by contributing substantially to local charities. (Bill No. 160132-A, 160133)