PACDC Releases 25th Anniversary Edition of Magazine - Community Capital: Neighborhoods as Economic Engines
25th Anniversary Edition: “Community Capital: Neighborhoods as Economic Engines” April 2017
PACDC’s 2017 Magazine explores the role neighborhoods play as engines for economic vitality and highlights awardees and projects honored for community development excellence and impact. Special thanks to all of our guest authors.
In March 2017, PACDC launched a Tweet campaign to show how federally funded programs that President Trump has proposed to eliminate or cut are critical to our neighbors and communities!
We asked our members and supporters to share a photo of a person or a place that has benefited from federal funding on the chopping block, ranging from programs that address homelessness and affordable homes, energy assistance, economic development, to the arts and more. We'll be sharing these tweets with our representatives in Washington to urge them to stop the budget cuts.
Check out some of our favorite tweets below. And contribute yours on Twitter using the hashtag #FedFundsMatter!
For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Contact: Beth McConnell, Policy Director, 215-732-5829 x 110 or cell 267.918.7207
The Trump Budget is Devastating for Community Development in Philadelphia
It’s bad for small businesses, bad for families, bad for communities.
Today, the Trump Administration released a budget blueprint that, if enacted, would be devastating for Philadelphians. The Trump budget is an attack on families, small businesses and communities in Philadelphia.
The blueprint proposes eliminating the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), which would end popular and effective programs and their staff that make our neighborhood commercial corridors clean, safe and attractive, and which help small businesses become more stable and grow. The Trump budget is bad for small businesses and Philadelphia’s economy.
Eliminating CDBG would also end the Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) program, ending funding for 20 organizations and their staff in Philadelphia that connect residents to help saving their homes from foreclosure, keeping the heat on in winter, and accessing a range of employment, education, health and other services. The Trump budget is bad for low-income communities.
Eliminating CDBG and the HOME program would also dramatically reduce funds available for affordable homes. Fewer new affordable homes will be built, repaired or rehabilitated. At a time when more than 100,000 Philadelphians are searching for help finding a safe, affordable home, Trump’s budget would exacerbate our affordable home crisis. Housing counseling in Philadelphia would also be eliminated if CDBG were to be zeroed out, which would lead to more people losing their homes to mortgage and tax foreclosure, unscrupulous lending practices, and would thwart first time homebuyer programs. The Trump budget is bad for families and individuals seeking housing security.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. The Trump budget also proposes eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), which would end creative place-making programs that use arts to revitalize disinvested communities.
Funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that provide lending to small businesses and non-profits that can’t get financing from traditional banks would also be eliminated, and so would funding for capacity-building non-profits that support Philadelphia’s CDCs.
This budget proposal sends a clear message from the Trump Administration that Philadelphians—and cities—don’t matter to them. PACDC, our members and allies will fight to stop this inequitable budget in its tracks.
The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) is a membership association of more than 120 CDCs and other organizations working to create equitable Philadelphia neighborhoods. Follow us @PhillyCDCs
On the morning of March 13, 2017, PACDC's Beth McConnell provided testimony to Committee of Housing, Neighborhood Development and the Homeless on Resolution No. 170027. McConnell spoke of the ongoing need for greater resources for affordable housing in Philadelphia to prevent and end homelessness, and advocated for at least doubling dedicated funding for the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund to accomplish this. Full testimony can be found here.
For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2016
OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR AFFORDABLE RENTAL UNITS ANNOUNCED
Groups Urge Mayor to Double the Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund In FY18 Budget
Testimony On the 2016 Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) and Housing and Community Development Needs
PACDC's Beth McConnell testified before Philadelphia's Division of Housing and Community Development and Department of Commerce to urge that the Kenney Administration make a bigger investment this upcoming budget year in affordable homes and community economic development. Read the full testimony here.
PACDC's Rick Sauer testified yesterday, February 13th in front of the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Law & Government. His testimony on Resolution No. 160902 and Bill No. 160895 supported the creation of a Community Reinvestment Commission, which would require a change to the City Charter. The Resolution and Bill passed the committee with a favorable recommendation. Read the full testimony here.
PACDC's Rick Sauer testifies on Philadelphia's Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH). The AFH is a new plan required by HUD under the Obama Administration to use a data-driven approach to address patterns of integration and segregation; racially or ethnically concentrated areas of poverty; disparities in access to opportunity; and disproportionate housing needs. Read the full testimony here.
PACDC, Community Legal Services and the Public Interest Law Center Sent a Joint Letter to the Kenney Administration and City Council Opposing Tax Lien Securitization
PACDC, Community Legal Services and the Public Interest Law Center sent a joint letter to the Kenney Administration and City Council opposing tax lien securitization that could harm low income homeowners and hamper the Land Bank's work to get vacant properties back into use.
You can read the letter here