Community Development

Strengthening Neighborhoods

PECCDC strengthens West Philadelphia communities through projects that expand housing opportunities, stimulate economic growth, create wealth and improve the quality of life for all residents. A powerful catalyst for change, PECCDC builds on neighborhood assets and responds directly to the needs of the community to transform West Philadelphia into a Community of Choice—one where people choose to live and work

To view a list of resources available to the community, click here and here.


Our Neighborhood

Located in West Philadelphia, PECCDC’s community encompasses the Saunders Park, West Powelton, Belmont, Mantua, and Mill Creek neighborhoods. It is bounded by 48th Street to the west, Market Street to the south, 37th Street to the east, and Girard Avenue (west of 44th) and Mantua Avenue (east of 44th) to the north.

Real Estate Development

Through our real estate development activities PECCDC has invested over $57 million in public and private investments to transform 140 vacant properties and lots into 228 units of affordable housing. We’ve helped 65 homeowners make repairs to their homes and completed LEED-certified housing for teens leaving foster care.

Economic Development

In 2002, PECCDC began working with business owners along Lancaster Avenue, the main commercial corridor serving our target area in West Philadelphia. Our efforts have resulted in 29 commercial facade improvements, daily street cleaning services, 45 new businesses on the corridor, and over 50 technical support/capacity building trainings for business owners.

Education and Empowerment

Our quality of life programs have provided informational seminars and technology classes for residents of all ages. Over 310 people have attended our financial literacy, credit repair assistance, and homeownership workshops. We have pioneered a digital inclusion program that has distributed over 700 computers and provided computer training to more than 1,500 low-income residents.

Arts and Culture

We believe in using art as a tool to help us advance our community revitalization goals. These efforts include an annual Jazz Festival, which draws hundreds of people to our neighborhood and spotlights the talents of local artists. PECCDC organizes monthly “Second Friday” events along Lancaster Avenue, encouraging businesses to stay open late and exhibit local artists.
 



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Click here to access the Make Your Mark neighborhood plan, or the executive summary.

 

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