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Year 41 Preliminary Consolidated Plan
Those who were unable to attend the public hearing on April 15 are reminded that they may submit signed, written comments. These must be received by OHCD no later than Friday, May 1, 2015. Details

RFP for PHDC's Adaptive Modifications Program
The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC) is soliciting proposals from qualified contractors, licensed by the City of Philadelphia, to provide occupational therapy consultations, construction services for accessible bathrooms and kitchens, stairway elevators, wrought iron railings, electrical services, durable medical equipment and exterior wheelchair lifts and related construction to clients in the Adaptive Modifications Program. RFP
Briefing: 9:30am, April 22, 2015
Deadline: by 4:00pm, Friday, May 8, 2015

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.”

Information about the Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan.
Information about the HUD grant award announcement.

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OHCD releases March 2015 Bulletin

bulletinThe OHCD March 2015 Bulletin includes features on the opening of Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place, an 11-unit new development that accommodates families with diverse needs; on the change of leadership in the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program as Judge Robinson takes over from Judge Rizzo; information on the LandCare program; on the opening of Wynnefield Place Apartments, a 48-unit development for seniors. Click on the image to read these features.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bigham Place

City and state officials joined People’s Emergency Center to celebrate the opening of Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place, an 11 new and rehabilitated affordable homes development, seven of which are for formerly homeless women with special needs and their children. Read the story.

Job Opening: Administrative Support Specialist – Philadelphia Land Bank
The Philadelphia Land Bank is dedicated to revitalizing Philadelphia’s neighborhoods through the reactivation of vacant land and is looking for a self-starter to support its leadership team. Primary responsibilities include administrative work, providing analytical services to improve, develop, and maintain operating efficiencies for the Philadelphia Land Bank.

Wynnefield Place: New Senior Housing Complex Opens

On February 19, 2015, OHCD, PRA and the developer Presby Inspired Life celebrated the opening of Wynnefield Place, a new apartment building at 1717-25 N. 54th Street in West Philadelphia. It offers 48 affordable rental apartments for independent, low-income, seniors.

Philadelphia LandCare Program Featured in Police Chief

Prevent victimization coverOHCD and Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s LandCare program is a nationally recognized model of landscape treatment to address the widespread challenge of land vacancy plaguing the city’s core. The program “cleans and greens” selected lots in key neighborhoods across the city, removing all debris and weedy vegetation, grading, adding compost enriched topsoil, and planting grass and trees to create park-like settings. This program is featured in The Police Chief magazine’s article, "Preventing Victimization: Public Health Approaches to Fight Crime" because lot beautification is related to the fight on crime, as well as positively impacting communities and their residents.

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