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Philadelphia is one of 9 Finalist Cities for $30 Million HUD grant

September 26, 2012

Philadelphia LISC is a key partner in the City of Philadelphia’s recent bid for a 2012 Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Initiative grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Philadelphia was one of 9 cities to be chosen as finalists in the competition among 42 cities nationally.

The North Central Transformation Area includes our target Sustainable Communities Initiative neighborhood of Eastern North Philadelphia – SCI Eastern North. The City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) were the lead applicants for the proposal, which focuses efforts on building a total of 553 new units of housing in the Transformation Area.

Like LISC’s Sustainable Communities approach, Choice Neighborhoods links housing improvements with necessary services for the people who live in these communities – including schools, public transit and employment opportunities. APM, Philadelphia LISC’s partner in SCI Eastern North, is taking the lead on the People component of the project, which includes connecting residents to services, quality education, and opportunities to help them reach their goals.

Much of Philadelphia LISC’s SCI Eastern North work  in partnership with APM was highlighted in the application, most notably the new Financial Opportunity Center, the Community Connectors door-to-door outreach program, and the neighborhood Quality of Life planning and implementation process. If funded, LISC would be able to expand revitalization efforts along neighborhood commercial corridors and coordinate youth sports and recreation opportunities in the neighborhood.

HUD visited Philadelphia yesterday as part of its application review process to determine which of the finalists will receive grants. Philadelphia LISC joined the day-long presentation and neighborhood tour, hopeful and optimistic that Philadelphia will be chosen as a final grant recipient.
> Read more about Philadelphia’s plan and the great network of partners on PHA’s website.

> Read more about Choice Neighborhoods on HUD’s website.

> Read more about LISC’s Sustainable Communities Initiative in Eastern North on SCIPhilly.org.

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