Anti-Predatory Lending

How Do I Avoid Predatory Lenders?

Predatory Lending is any lending practice that imposes unfair or abusive loan terms on a borrower, through deceptive, coercive, exploitative, or unscrupulous actions for a loan that a borrower doesn't need, doesn't want, or can't afford.

Since 2002, the Urban Affairs Coalition worked with the City of Philadelphia and community lenders to offer flexible loans for eligible borrowers to provide options to avoid predatory lending agencies. 

Where Can I Learn More About Predatory Lenders?

UAC works with community organizations and groups to provide workshops on avoiding predatory lending, including what should be avoided, what scams look like, and what are other loan or financial assistance options. 

To schedule a free workshop for your organization or group, please call Kalie Wertz at 215-851-1847.

Where Can I Learn More About Options for Home Improvement?

Despite the close of the Mini-PHIL Home Improvement Loan, UAC still works with community organizations to provide home improvement workshops on a variety of topics such as avoiding scams, weatherization and choosing a contractor.

If you are interested in receiving a free workshop, please call Kalie Wertz 215-851-1847 today to schedule a date that works best for your group or organization.

Also check out our list of home improvement and contractor resources.

As of July 31st, 2017, both the Mini-PHIL and PHIL-Plus Home Improvement Loans have closed permanently.
Please refer to the other home repair options through the City of Philadelphia's Division of Housing & Community Development: 


What Was Mini-PHIL-Plus?

The Mini-PHIL-Plus Home Improvement Repayment Program were two separate low-interest loan products (Mini-PHIL and PHIL-Plus) managed by CED to help Philadelphia homeowners improve, modify, or repair their homes. Currently, only the Mini-PHIL Program is accepting applications for loans from $1,000 - $15,000. Additionally, up to half of the loan can be used to pay off existing debt.

Who Managed the Mini-PHIL-Plus Program?

The Urban Affairs Coalition’s Community and Economic Development (CED) department believes every homeowner should be able to live safely and comfortably in their home, while also promoting healthy neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. CED has worked since 2003 to connect homeowners to housing counseling agencies, who provide initial screenings for the programs. CED would then work with the agency to connnect the homeowner with a lending institution who fit the loan that they needed.

CED partners with Citizens Bank to distribute the loan, and works closely with over 20 nonprofit housing counseling agencies throughout the city to provide free assistance with the application referral.


Click here to learn about qualifications and how to apply.

Click here for a complete list of frequently asked questions.

Call the Urban Affairs Coalition’s Program Coordinator at 215-851-1847.

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