Archive for December 16th, 2009

December 16, 2009

City honored for mortgage-aid program

By MARI SAITO, Philadelphia Daily NewsCall Today

The U.S. Conference of Mayors honored Mayor Nutter and Common Pleas Judge Annette Rizzo yesterday for a city program that helps homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.

“The Mortgage Foreclosure Protection Program was chosen because helping residents maintain home ownership is a priority for the nation’s mayors,” said Jocelyn Bogen, director of the conference’s City Livability Awards Program.

The program was picked for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award by former mayors of large cities out of a list of programs in 200 cities.

Bogen said the program offers “tangible solutions,” and cited how more than 1,800 homes have been saved since the program’s inception in June 2008. Another 3,500 cases are still being processed through the program.

Nutter called the award a great honor and noted that the program’s success was about more than numbers.

“This is about real people, real families, real neighbors and people that we know,” said Nutter.

Under the program, outreach groups visit neighborhoods where houses are slated for foreclosure, then residents in trouble can visit Courtroom 676 in City Hall to consult with volunteer lawyers and housing advocates to negotiate their mortgages with their lender.

Nutter and other officials said they hope to see more programs similar to the Philadelphia model in other American cities.

December 16, 2009

Healthy Homes Workshop – Our Neighborhood Conditions Matter!

On Saturday, December 4, 2009 the Partnership CDC (Community Development Corporation) held the first workshop of the 5-part Healthy Homes Program.

Hosted at the Enterprise Center Community Development Corporation on 45th and Market in West Philadelphia, excited parents entered the room, eyes alert and somewhat curious about the day’s events.

Outreach Specialist, Mayla Henderson from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health presented detailed health statistics specific to residents in West Philadelphia. Families learned some of the key reason for the devastating health issues affecting them, their families, neighbors and friends.

The workshop also included an impressive arrangement of fruits and vegetables for families to take home. Bob Pierson from Farm to City educated on the importance of buying fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The next workshop is January 9 highlighting water quality with a presentation from the Philadelphia Water  Department and the Partnership CDC’s Green Professional Training Program.  Program Participants will receive free Brita water purifier and water analysis kits.

As the program is tailored specifically to families of Henry C. Lea, Charles R.Drew, and Alian Locke Elementary schools, parents with children in grades K-5th, are strongly encouraged to attend.

If interested, please contact Melony Burnom at 215-662-1612.