June 11, 2010
The backyard of The Partnership CDC was recently given a face-lift, transformed from its past of concrete to a much more aesthetically and environmentally pleasing Greenhouse. The Greenhouse was built to show the rest of West Philadelphia that The Partnership CDC is ready to do some ground breaking work in the city and make it more sustainable and healthy for all.
The work of the Partnership CDC has been so significant that we were awarded the Community Conservation Grant from the Philadelphia Zoo. The Greenhouse, characterized as the “doorway to the future” by Executive Director Steven Williams, has been a major milestone in the Partnership CDC’s mission of greening Philadelphia one block at a time. It is one of the many facets of The Partnership CDC’s Green and Healthy Initiative Programs. These programs are designed to decrease unhealthy environmental factors in homes, provide hands- on project- based training for West Philadelphia’s emerging green economy and green professionals, and increase the economic health of families by lowering home energy costs and building financial literacy. By addressing these issues in our community, we have been able to create a model that we hope to have replicated throughout the city.
Of course, we didn’t do this alone. The City of Philadelphia’s R.I.S.E. program, BioNeighbors, ECA, Sci-West, LISC, The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development (OHCD), The Enterprise Center and PECO, along with our dedicated volunteers, have all been instrumental in making these programs as effective and wide reaching as possible. Also, the employees of The Partnership CDC have been the backbone of this program. Our structural engineers, Dave Young and Mike Brown were the main catalysts of the group that designed and built the greenhouse, cultivated the greens, and provided the knowledge and morale for the rest of the team. Without this substantial help, the Greenhouse and other Green and Healthy Initiative Programs would have been impossible.
The microgreens and herbs found within the Greenhouse are described by Alix Howard as “delicious”, and all of these plants will be used for environmental, educational or edible purposes. This is a new turning point in urban farming, and we invite you to come see it for yourself! Because of all the Green and Healthy Initiative Programs by The Partnership CDC, Philadelphia will go green one block at a time.
April 9, 2010
December 16, 2009
By MARI SAITO, Philadelphia Daily News
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
Families took home free groceries
Locally Grown Produce
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.