Housing

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Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

For generations, Philadelphia has been a city of residents and commuters, creating a diverse city with a bustling downtown district and thriving satellite commercial centers connected by the original grid of surface streets and the newer web of interstates and expressways. Trains snake through hidden cuts in the city as buses trudge up and down […]

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West Oak Lane: Planting Seeds For Youth to Help Clean Up Streets

West Oak Lane: Planting Seeds For Youth to Help Clean Up Streets

On the corners of many streets in neighborhoods throughout the city, there is trash and other debris strewn around. Events like the annual city-wide spring cleanup day were created to help keep streets clean and also teach kids that they should be keeping their neighborhoods in the best conditions possible. For parents, having their children alongside them […]

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South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

South Philadelphia: Where Old Meets New

It’s a Saturday afternoon, and Vincent Iannelli is working in the back of his bakery on Passyunk Avenue. Iannelli, 29, wears a sauce-smudged cooking apron and a baseball cap atop his dark, slicked-back hair. He takes his time while he pours homemade red gravy across freshly-rolled dough, scoops it onto a wooden paddle and into […]

 

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Talmadge Belo narrowed his eyes under the shadow of his baseball cap, his gaze zeroed in on something across the street. “That used to be the nicest house on the block,” said Belo, the vice president of the Brewerytown-Sharswood Civic Association. But that house is boarded up now. A torn mattress tumbled out the back […]

 

East Oak Lane: Organization Makes Use Of Green — and It Isn’t Talking Money

East Oak Lane: Organization Makes Use Of Green — and It Isn’t Talking Money

East Oak Lane, William Penn’s first neighborhood, is often called a “Green Country Town” and if you’ve taken a trip to this area, you would understand why. Most of the neighborhood’s streets are lined with beautiful, large trees, some of which have been there for decades, others purposely planted by a group of people who call this […]

 

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze has seen a surge in development in the last few years, which is causing concern over the increasing prices for rental units. On Feb. 9, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) received approval from the Philadelphia Vacant Property Review Committee for two parcels in Point Breeze that will become the Mamie Nichols Townhomes. WCRP, an organization […]

 

Francisville: More Than Just Another Furniture Store, Uhuru Seeks to Educate

Francisville: More Than Just Another Furniture Store, Uhuru Seeks to Educate

When nonprofit Uhuru Furniture moved from Center City to Francisville, sales manager Ruby Gittelsohn remembers one community member’s surprise. “I remember one guy said, ‘I was watching while they were renovating this building, but I didn’t think it was going to be something for me,’” Gittelsohn said. “Meaning, it was going to be more gentrification. […]

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East Oak Lane: Raise of Hope, Inc. Provides Affordable Housing for Homeless Families

East Oak Lane: Raise of Hope, Inc. Provides Affordable Housing for Homeless Families

Homelessness is nothing new and for Raise of Hope, Inc. founder Habeebah Ali the issue resonates on a personal level. As a survivor of domestic violence and someone who was once homeless, Ali knows how challenging life can be for a family with no place to call its own. Having lived twice at the Women Against Abuse […]

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Southwest Philadelphia: Morris Home Provides Trans-Affirming Residency For Rehabilitation

Southwest Philadelphia: Morris Home Provides Trans-Affirming Residency For Rehabilitation

Morris Home, located in Southwest Philadelphia, is a haven for individuals seeking refuge. The three-floored residence maintains a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility specifically for transgender individuals. Started in 2011, the organization’s growth reflects the increasing strength and resilience demonstrated by its residents. “We [Morris Home] offer short- and long-term rehab in a residential and […]

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LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

LGBTQ: Five Welcoming Places for the Community

Intersecting at 13th and Locust streets, the rainbow crosswalk represents more than lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers. It embodies the boundaries and obstacles crossed and overcome by the LGBTQ community in Philadelphia. In neighborhoods across the city, there are LGBTQ facilities that provide affordable medical treatments and education, encourage the exploration of self-expression, and promote a confident life. […]