Senator Art Haywood was raised by his mother, a public-school teacher. Early on, she instilled the values of hard work and education within him. He attended public school and graduated from Morehouse College, the London School of Economics as a Marshall Scholar, and the University of Michigan Law School.

Haywood practiced law at Community Legal Services and Regional Housing Legal Services with an emphasis on preserving and creating affordable housing. Haywood then focused his private practice on representing organizations focused on neighborhood revitalization.

He was inspired by the 2008 Presidential campaign for Barack Obama and in 2009 ran and won Township Commissioner in Cheltenham Township. After serving as President of the Board of Commissioners, he became State Senator for the 4th District, which includes Montgomery County and parts of Philadelphia.

Since taking office, Haywood and his staff have served more than 7,000 neighbors through constituent services at his district offices and community outreach events. 

In this interview, he talks about the Middle Neighborhoods Assistance Program that incorporates free home repair assistance from Rebuilding Together Philadelphia and free legal services through Regional Housing Legal Services (RHLS). These services are available to those in the Northwest section of Philadelphia and were made possible through the PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts Board (PA IOLTA).