Southwest CDC Housing Update – Calling All Contractors!

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Southwest CDC is developing this house for affordable homeownership

By Steven Kuzmicki

As we have reported in the past, SWCDC has recently become active in the field of affordable housing.  We started by completing a comprehensive housing last summer, and we have been busy implementing its recommendations ever since.  This includes expanding our housing counseling program to include an eviction diversion component and advocating for affordable housing in Southwest to elected and other officials.

Southwest CDC is putting out a call for all contractors, including General Contractors and Subs, who may be interested in participating in this exciting project. 

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the program is our partnership with the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) and Wayne Presbyterian Church to acquire, redevelop and sell to first time homebuyers for homeownership 3 houses formerly owned by PHA.  If successful, this could lead to a steady pipeline of projects that could benefit Southwest’s low and moderated income families for years to come.

Unfortunately, we have faced significant delays. We had to wait for approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), who had to sign off on the project, which coincided with the change is presidential administrations.  The pandemic hit and everything was on lock-down.  Now people  are getting back to their projects and contractors are busier than ever.  Add to this, the fact that the cost of building materials has sky-rocketed.

Southwest CDC is in this for the long haul, however, and we are committed to completing this project and getting these houses into the hands of qualifying home-buyers.

If you are interested in working with us or know someone who is, please have them contact me at 215-729-0736 or  We look forward to hearing from you. 

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