Gender Jawn S3 E4: Fixing Housing in Philly Part II

December’s edition of Gender Jawn features a two-part series on housing issues facing Philadelphians. Part-one featured a discussion with Akira Drake Rodriguez on saving the UC Townhomes and Jane Allen on the Whole Home Repair Program. In part two, Gwendolyn Beetham considers how home ownership has been plagued by discriminatory lending practices and how homeowners can support queer, trans, and POC laborers in the trades. She speaks with Kathleen Riley and Kelly Ireland, aka “Tiny Plumber Girl,” about representation in the trades, maintaining accessible housing prices, and supporting long-time residents in west Philly.

Kelly Ireland Instagram page

Handy Dandy Home Services Instagram page

Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC)

These Queer Handyworkers Want to Make Your Life Easier,” Autostraddle July 14, 2022:

Ta-Nehisi Coats. “The Case for Reparations.” The Atlantic, June 2014

Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez. “Kept Out: For people of color, banks are closing the door to home ownership”. Reveal, February 15, 2018

Alliance for Housing Justice

Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Broken Rung, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 30, 2022

Original music by David Chavannes:

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