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Philadelphia Land Bank has RFP for 1600 North Bodine Street
The Philadelphia Land Bank is soliciting proposals from developers to acquire and develop some or all of seventeen (17) contiguous parcels along the 1600 block of North Bodine Street. The site consists of 1616-1620, 1622-1642, 1644, 1646 and 1648 N. Bodine Street. The Philadelphia Land Bank will be the managing entity for all aspects of this solicitation process, and will coordinate disposition of all of the Parcels to the winning developer(s).Bodine Street RFP.
Pre-Submission Conference January 20, 2015
Deadline February 20, 2015

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, the Daily News and the 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.”

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

Homes for Sale

RFP Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Program
OHCD is soliciting proposals for the NAC Program funding for the City 2016 Fiscal Year. Applicants shall undertake specific activities in targeted geographic areas and provide residents the opportunity for input on housing, community, commercial and economic development programs and related citizen participation, public information and neighborhood planning activities. RFP
Briefing: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 10:00 am
Proposal Deadline: no later than Friday, March 6, 2015, 4:30 pm.

Job Opening: Policy and Planning Director
OHCD is recruiting for a Policy and Planning Director to play a critical role in assisting OHCD’s Deputy Director in the development of recommendations pertaining to policies, goals and programs for OHCD. Among the primary responsibilities is administering and managing all aspects of the $30 million North Central Philadelphia Choice Neighborhoods Implementation grant

OHCD Programs to Issue RFPs Starting in January
Three programs under the Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD) will be issuing RFPs in the next few months. OHCD will directly issue RFPs for the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) Program and Housing Counseling (HC) Services, and the Energy Coordinating Agency will issue an RFP for the Neighborhood Energy Center (NEC) Program.

Information about the RFPs will be available on this, the OHCD website, on the approximate dates* below.

NAC RFP Issued: January 23, 2015
HC RFP Issued: February 11, 2015
NEC RFP Issued: March 13, 2015
*Issued dates may change up to a week later or earlier than what is reflected above.

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.

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., Pam DeLissio, State Representative, Brian Abernathy, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, Cynthia Wishkovsky, Interact's Aging Services, 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.

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