Deborah McColloch, Director: 1234 Market St., 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Council Approves Land Bank Strategic Plan
On Dec. 11 Philadelphia City Council set the stage for the redevelopment of Philadelphia’s vacant lots and buildings when it passed a resolution approving the Land Bank Strategic Plan and disposition policies.

The vote followed a Dec. 1 hearing in the Committee on Public Property and Public Works. After hearing from the Land Bank and more than 20 advocates, the Committee unanimously reported out the resolution to the full Council with a favorable recommendation.

To read more click here. Also read the Philadelphia Tribune and the Daily News/Inquirer stories on the Land Bank.

For more information about the Philadelphia Land Bank and to review its Proposed Strategic Planclick here.

Philadelphia wins $30 million HUD Choice Neighborhoods Grant

Mayor Michael A. Nutter celebrates the awarding of a HUD $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant for Philadelphia.

On June 30 the US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that Philadelphia has been awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods grant. The grant will support the implementation of the Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan, a comprehensive affordable housing and economic development strategy to transform North Central Philadelphia from a struggling community to a vibrant, sustainable neighborhood. Accepting the grant for the City, Mayor Michael A. Nutter said, “This grant is critical to our comprehensive revitalization strategy – it will help us to address many of the serious challenges facing this community: poverty, unemployment, poor educational attainment and decreased opportunities for residents.”

Click here for more information about the Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan. Click here for more information about the HUD grant award announcement.

Homes for Sale click here for details

OHCD Publishes December Issue of Bulletin

Read articles on City Council and the Land Bank, 8,000 homes saved by the Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program, a Federal Reserve Bank PrePurchase Housing Counseling survey, the opening of The Fairthorne, the Percent for Art's latest project - 250 miles Crossing Philadephia using sound and more.Click here to read this issue of Bulletin.



The Fairthorne: New Senior Housing Complex Opens
Ribbon Cutting at Fairthorne
From left: James Calamia, Roxborough Redevelopment Corp., Cynthia Wishkovsky, Interact's Aging Services, Brian Abernathy, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Pam DeLissio, State Representative, Shelley White, resident of The Fairthorne, Congressman Chaka Fattah and David Bolin, Intercommunity Action Inc.
A new housing building, The Fairthorne, opened in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. It offers 40 affordable apartments for independent, low-income, older adults. Click here for more information and photos.

Anthony Wayne II Senior Housing Celebrates Opening
Anthony Wayne II Senior Housing
OHCD Director Deborah McColloch (left) and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (center) joined the Altman Group to celebrate the ribboncutting of Anthony Wayne II, a new senior housing development.
Click here for the story and
click here
for 6ABC coverage of the ribbon cutting.

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