Kensington: Esperanza To Spend $14.5M To Transform Vacant Building Into Health Center

Kensington: Esperanza To Spend $14.5M To Transform Vacant Building Into Health Center

The new Esperanza Health Center in Kensington is expected to benefit the entire neighborhood by expanding access to much needed medical services in a state-of-the-art facility, said Juan Perez, operations director at Esperanza Health Center. “We may have been one of three in the city that received this grant from the state,” said Perez (pictured […]

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Fairhill: Charito Morales Advocates For Those Affected By Opioid Crisis

Fairhill: Charito Morales Advocates For Those Affected By Opioid Crisis

Activist Charito Morales said she does not affiliate with a specific community organization because it distracts from the issues at hand in the Fairhill neighborhood. Morales is a registered nurse and has been volunteering in the Fairhill community since 1998. She spends some of her time teaching Latino youth at the Providence Center, an education […]

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Hunting Park: City Renames Street After Late Football Coach

Hunting Park: City Renames Street After Late Football Coach

The 900 block of West Cayuga Street has a new name: Wayne “Coach Wiz” Allen Way. The city unveiled the revamped street sign with a ceremony on the morning of Sept. 29, honoring the legacy of Wayne Allen, a late football coach and community leader. Above, Hunting Park resident Robert Hampton removes the plastic to reveal […]

 

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

How To: Qualify To Receive Financial Assistance For A Water Bill

When Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez saw her constituent’s water bills, she knew she needed to act. Despite a new assistance plan in place, there were still people who owed thousands of dollars in late and overdue payments. “This is crazy,” Quiñones-Sánchez said. “This is a government owned utility. How did people get into this debt?” […]

 

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

Social Issues: Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez Talks Income Inequality

María Quiñones-Sánchez took office 10 years ago representing District 7 in Philadelphia City Council. Long considered a party outsider, it is not uncommon to find her battling politically with Latino leaders in her own neighborhood, as well as other council members. Her sprawling council district is comprised of a wide area, covering all or parts […]

 By Tiffany Goforth and Ryan McDonald

Northeast: ‘Imagining Frankford’ Mural Series Nears Completion

Northeast: ‘Imagining Frankford’ Mural Series Nears Completion

Picture a neighborhood, revitalized and colorful. Picture a neighborhood that highlights its past, while looking toward the future. And picture a neighborhood that makes use of its barren landscapes as canvases. For Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, D-7th, this image of a revitalized and bustling neighborhood was at the forefront of a project she helped to initiate […]

 By Matthew Petrillo

Hunting Park: Land Bank Bill Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Hunting Park: Land Bank Bill Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Like most major cities, Philadelphia is always trying to improve the quality of life for its residents. But Philadelphia’s 40,000 vacant lots–many of which plague parts of the city where the population has been on the decline for the past few decades like Hunting Park–have been diminishing the quality of life for residents and can […]

 By Amay Smith and Matthew Surden

Hunting Park: Community Programs Best Resource for Housing Projects

Hunting Park: Community Programs Best Resource for Housing Projects

Hunting Park is a neighborhood of diversity and change. It is one of the few working poor communities in the city, which means many residents are living on the edge of their means. A drive down the residential streets of Hunting Park will show long blocks of row homes with identical porches, roofs and patched […]