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Mantua: Transformation Plan Concludes, Citizens’ Efforts Continue

June 13, 2013

The Philadelphia Neighborhoods blog recently covered the recent unveiling of the We Are Mantua! Transformation Plan.

Mantua: Transformation Plan Concludes, Citizens’ Efforts Continue

JUNE 11, 2013

By Joseph Schaefer

Mantua residents and members of the Mantua Civic Association (MCA) gathered at the West Philadelphia Community Center last night for the unveiling of the We Are Mantua! Transformation Plan.

The plan is a result of a two-year community-based process in which community residents and other stakeholders provided input for the future of Mantua. 

“The process of working to revitalize Mantua was very community-driven,” said Claudia Bitran, Mantua planner of Kitchen & Associates. “The announcements tonight won’t be a surprise, more a wrap up of the plan.”

The Transformation Plan seeks to engage residents, transform housing and create a higher qualify of life for Mantua residents…

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LISC has worked as a key leader in supporting comprehensive transformation in Mantua. In Mantua, LISC has:

  • Provided support and Techincal Assistance to Mt Vernon Manor in its role as a leading neighborhood organization;

  • Hired Donna Griffin, a community engagement specialist, to ensure resident participation in the planning process, coordinate communication among partners, and coordinate early implementation efforts;

  • Helped MVM win a Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant, which provides $600,000 towards targeted neighborhood crime and safety strategies over three years (LISC’s national Community Safety Initiative provides Technical Assistance to Byrne grant recipients nationwide);

  • Hired a consultant to help community members establish the Mantua Civic Association in September 2012 (residents identified the need for a civic early in the planning process). MCA is now actively holding monthly meetings with over 70 attendees.

  • Supported the Community Connectors program to provide door-to-door outreach and data collection in Mantua;

  • Sponsored a part-time youth organizer, to start a youth advisory committee (DB4) for the Choice planning effort;

  • Funded Rebuilding Together (RT) to target emergency home repairs and energy efficiency upgrades for low-income homeowners on blocks in Mantua (45 homes to date); and

  • Convened a quarterly meeting of neighborhood and system stakeholders (“the Mantua Collaborative”) to work toward collective impact.
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