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West Philadelphia Promise Zone

Working in partnership to improve affordable housing, economic opportunities, quality education, health and wellness, and public safety.


The Obama administration designated West Philadelphia as one of the first five Promise Zones in the country in January 2014. These ten-year designations were created to:

  • Address challenges faced by people living in deep and persistent poverty.
  • Ensure that the ZIP code a person is born in does not determine their future.

The West Philadelphia Promise Zone is now one of 22 Promise Zones that serve urban, rural, and tribal areas across the country. The area of the West Philadelphia Promise Zone is roughly two square miles bounded by:

  • The Schuylkill River to the east.
  • Girard Avenue to the north.
  • 48th Street to the west.
  • Sansom Street to the south.

The designation does not come with any direct funds but provides preference points that make West Philadelphia more competitive for a variety of grant opportunities from federal agencies.

The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity is the lead agency.

Get involved

Request updates about events and community meetings, or join a standing committee.


Belmont Alliance Civic Association

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

City of Philadelphia

  • City Planning Commission
  • Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Department of Public Health
  • Division of Housing and Community Development
  • Mayor's Office of Education
  • Mural Arts Philadelphia
  • Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority
  • Philadelphia Police Department
  • School District of Philadelphia

Community College of Philadelphia

Community Education Center

Drexel University

Intercultural Family Services

Habitat for Humanity

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Mantua Civic Association

Mill Creek Advisory Council

Mount Vernon Manor, Community Development Corporation

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center - Penn Medicine

Penn State Extension

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

People's Emergency Center


Philadelphia City Council, Third Council District

Philadelphia Works, Inc.

Philadelphia Youth Network

The Enterprise Center

The Health Federation of Philadelphia

Tiny WPA

U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

University City District

University City Science Center

University of Pennsylvania

We Are Mantua!

West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution

West Powelton/Saunders Park RCO

West Powelton Concerned Community Council