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Press Releases 2017

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Mt. Vernon Manor

Sustaining Affordable Housing in Mantua section of Philadelphia

April 19, 2017

Division of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA), and Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell joined community members, public officials, and community partners to celebrate the completion of Phase II renovations for Mt. Vernon Manor.  Mt. Vernon Manor II is located in the Mantua section of Philadelphia at 34th and Wallace.

Mt. Vernon Manor II is 46 affordable apartments. The mission of the project is to preserve affordable housing options in the rapidly changing Mantua neighborhood.

“Mt. Vernon Manor is the type of investment the 3rd District needs,” said Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.  “I support this project because it gives the community access to quality affordable housing. I know how hard people are working to support their families, and they deserve to live in a decent neighborhood that they can call home.”

“The former design and operations of the apartment buildings were a deterrent to the community,” said Michael Thorpe, Chairman of the Mt Vernon Manor Board. “This project encourages businesses, homeowners, and tenants to invest in the neighborhood, making it a great place to live and work.”

“These apartments will remain affordable, even as rental and sales values in this community continue to rise,” said Fred Purnell, Deputy Director for Housing and Community Development. “This neighborhood is in the process of transformation. The increase in housing developments to cater to the area university students and staffs created a gap for individuals in need of affordable quality housing. Mt. Vernon Manor II will help fill that gap.”

The project is a continuation of the We Are Mantua! neighborhood plan created by community stakeholders, including the effective and productive nonprofit partner in the project, Mt. Vernon Manor, Inc.

All of the apartments are Energy Star certified to ensure low utility and operating costs for the residents.  In addition, each apartment features its own washer & dryer, ceramic tile floors, central air conditioning, and video camera doorbell entry system.

Notice of Finding Of No Significant Impact And Notice of Intent To Request Release of Funds

Philadelphia, PA – April 4, 2017

The City of Philadelphia has completed the Environmental Review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for 1315 North 8th Street Project, Philadelphia, PA and has determined that this project will have no significant impact on the human environment.

PURPOSE: The 1315 North 8th Street Project will be the new construction of thirty (30) LGBTQ-friendly affordable apartments for otherwise homeless youths, ages 18 – 25. The finished development will include four (4) stories and will house thirty (30) one-bedroom apartments. The building will be approximately 36,500 gross square. The 1315 North 8th Street Project will be the new construction of affordable youth housing in the West Poplar neighborhood of Philadelphia. Once complete, the new youth oriented housing development will greatly add to the stability of the neighborhood. This development will develop a vacant lot that has been vacant and underutilized for decades. Surrounding neighbors will have a viable occupied development, in lieu of an open lot that has been an attractive nuisance over the years.  Project HOME will act as the developer of 1315 North 8th Street Project. 

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PHDC Release’s Requests For Home Improvement Contractors

3-5 year backlog tackled with $60M Bond

PHDC hosts contractors from across the city to discuss City’s $60M bond to reduce BSRP, AMP, WAP waitlist!

PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 3, 2017

Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) released today Request for Qualifications and Proposals to hire additional contractors for its home improvement programs.  The requests are part of PHDC’s efforts to largely eliminate the three-to-five year waiting list that currently exists in the home repair programs. Requests can be found at

Philadelphia’s City Council approved the issuance of $60 million in bond funds to eliminate the waiting lists of Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation’s (PHDC) Basic Systems Repair Program (BSRP), Adaptive Modifications Program (AMP), and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), creating the Housing Preservation Program in December 2016.  The waiting lists for these programs are currently 3-4 years, with over 7,000 Philadelphians waiting for services and repairs. The City considers these programs, and this bond issuance, key to keeping seniors and income-restricted individuals and families in safe, functioning homes that remain affordable

BSRP provides free repairs to roofs, electrical, plumbing and heating systems f owner-occupied homes in Philadelphia. AMP is designed to help Philadelphians with permanent physical disabilities remain in their homes. WAP provides free weatherization and energy-efficiency improvements to owner-occupied houses and tenant-occupied rental units located in the City of Philadelphia. Each program has income requirements and other criteria for participation.

“Since the approval of the issuance of bonds, PHDC has been ramping up our efforts to eliminate our waiting list, and —effectively serve those in need of emergency repairs,” said Fred Purnell, Deputy Director for Housing and Community Development. “This RFP helps us to add more skilled contractors to our existing contractor base. This is a busy and exciting time at PHDC, and we are looking forward to directly impacting thousands of Philadelphians with this much needed new source of funding.”

“Housing preservation assistance is the most cost-efficient way to maintain quality in neighborhoods with older housing stock. Providing a means for income-restricted people to stay in their homes also prevents environment-related illnesses and homelessness,” City Council President Darrell L. Clarke said. “The bond issuance approved by City Council meets the needs of over 7,000 residents, many of whom are elderly and have limited means to pay for home repairs.  Ramping up this work will also create jobs, providing a shot in the arm for local economies.”

Skilled, licensed, and insured contractors that specialize in roofing, electric, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, asbestos removal, HVAC, and other trades are needed.  Proposals are due by 12:00 PM on Friday, April 21, 2017.  Visit to apply.