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Community Empowerment and Opportunity

  • Fatherhood Initiative

    The Fatherhood Initiative Program's (FIP) mission is to strengthen the relationship between fathers and their children, as well as reverse the absentee fatherhood trend. Participants attend Fatherhood Training Sessions.

  • Foster Grandparent

    The Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) is a volunteer program uniting generations and enabling senior citizens to play an active role in a young person's life. The Foster Grandparent Program offers part-time opportunities to senior citizens by providing community service through established organizations. This program, in existence for more than 30 years, provides an opportunity for low-income individuals to serve their community as mentors, tutors and caregivers.

  • Community Engagement

    The Community Enagement Unit is one of CEO's oldest programs. It empowers communities by providing linkages to resources and services. The Community Engagement Unit (CEU) of CEO provides a diversity of services ranging from assistance with LIHEAP, PACE, employment applications, housing referrals, financial management, and mortgage foreclosure and voter registration to low-income residents.

  • Workwise

    Workwise provides job readiness and job search assistance to individuals referred from County Assistance Offices (CAO) in Philadelphia. The title "Workwise" was chosen because of its ambitious goal of preparing individuals for the world of work.

About the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity

Working to combat poverty in our city, help Philadelphia’s low-income residents realize economic security, and move into the middle class.

Current Projects

Learn more about the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment & Opportunity's recent projects and activities.

Executive Order

Mayor Nutter issued an Executive Order calling for the creation of a strategic plan to address the effects of poverty on the fabric of life in Philadelphia.

What's New

  • Shared Prosperity Philadelphia
  • Financial Counseling