Since 1977, The Parkside Association of Philadelphia has been serving the West Parkside community and has recently relocated to the former office in the Carroll Park area at 5218 Master St.
After the Carroll Park Community Council closed down about one year ago, the association took over the neighborhood providing referral services and homeowners assistance to residents.
“A lot of the community organizations that were functioning lost funding, like Carroll Park,” Neighborhood Program Coordinator Millicent Ayers said.
Funded through the Office of Housing and Community Development, the Parkside Association helps to council residents through the process of buying a home with the First Time Homebuyers Program and links residents to citywide programs, which help with home improvements such as roofing, heating and electrical issues, Ayers said.
While the association aids other neighborhoods, recently in Carroll Park they led a community clean up and on April 18th, held an informational meeting discussing the services available to residents.
They also have a food bank every first and third week of each month and provide access to a computer lab, open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., which residents can use for resume writing and job searches.
“We try to improve the quality of life for our residents,” Ayers said.
For more information regarding the association, call 215-877-1198.