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The Turn the Key program will help up to 1,000 Philadelphia families buy new affordable homes.

Key Points:

  • Most of the newly constructed homes will be 3 bedrooms not to exceed a sales price of $280K
  • City funds will be used to create more affordability based on income qualifications
  • 20-year forgivable note placed on property
  • Resale is restricted to other qualified income homebuyers

First group of homes:

The first energy efficient homes will be built on publicly owned land on the following blocks:

  • 2600 block of Sears Street
  • 1300 block of S. Corlies Street
  • 3000 block of Wharton Street
  • 1500 block of S. Patton Street
  • 3000 block of Titan Street
  • 1300 block of S. 30th Street
  • 1500 block of S. 30th Street
  • 1300 block of S. 31st Street
  • 1500 block of S. Dover Street
  • 1500 block of S. Myrtlewood Street
  • 1000 block of Fairmount Avenue
  • 1000 block of Melon Street
  • 1000 block of Wallace Street
  • 600 block of N. 10th Street
  • 1600 block of 10th Street
  • 2000 block of N. 10th Street
  • 600 block of N. 11th Street
  • 2000 block of Alder Street

Who is eligible?

  • You must be a first-time buyer. A person who has never owned a home or a person who has not owned a home for three years prior to applying to the program*
  • Preference will be given to income qualified City of Philadelphia employees, and then to income eligible households.
  • You must complete one-on-one homeownership counseling through a City-funded housing counseling agency before signing an Agreement of Sale.
  • Income eligibility at 100% AMI (see chart).

*As per HUD guidelines


Fill out this Interest Form. You will see a confirmation that your form was received after you submit. This form does NOT guarantee housing or act as a waiting list. Respondents will be notified when houses on selected blocks are available. For questions, email turnthekey@phdc.phila.gov.

Family SizeMaximum Annual
Household Income
More than 8 add approx. per person$7,550

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