Collaborating to revitalize the Kensington Corridor!

Continuing Collaboration: Joanna Winchester from NKCDC and Rolando Sanchez and Awilda Ocasio from Impact join Officer Anthony Keitt at the Commerce-PPD-LISC Safe Corridors training.

Continuing Collaboration: Joanna Winchester from NKCDC and Rolando Sanchez and Awilda Ocasio from Impact join Officer Anthony Keitt at the Commerce-PPD-LISC Safe Corridors training.

Impact Services was joined by NKCDC, the Philadelphia Police Department, LISC, and the Philadelphia Commerce Department in a Safegrowth Training seminar. The training uses the CPTED concept (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) to help revitalize our most dangerous communities by changing the landscape of the neighborhood. The project we named “Creating Safe Passage” was presented at Temple University to a group of more then a 100, including police, city agencies, CDCs and other stakeholders. The project concentrates on 4 lots located at 719-725 E Clearfield St. Bringing these spaces back into use by the community for gathering and gardening will transform the area. Taking it back from the illegitimate users will make the block and neighborhood safer, cleaner, and better. We hope to implement our “Vision” in the Spring of 2016.

Guess who’s coming to Kensington?

After eight years of developing a collaborative and comprehensive method to revitalizing neighborhoods, Philadelphia LISC is excited to announce the expansion of its strategic approach to the Kensington neighborhood. LISC will join partner organizations Impact Services Corporation (Impact) and New Kensington CDC (NKCDC) in the “Sustainable Communities Initiative” to improve the quality of life in Kensington.

Andrew Frishkoff, Executive Director at LISC, explains, “Working with NKCDC and Impact, two high-capacity organizations, we have an opportunity to substantially improve neighborhood quality of life in one of Philadelphia’s most historically disinvested neighborhoods.” The new initiative will build on the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation planning grants which helped both organizations engage hundreds of residents in comprehensive planning efforts.

LISC, Impact, and NKCDC will begin working together around shared priorities of community safety, affordable housing, healthy home repair, and commercial corridor revitalization. The team is collaborating with various public and private entities who support these goals, including Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, the Department of Commerce, the Philadelphia Police Department, and City Council representatives Mark Squilla and Maria Quinones Sanchez. The partners will also explore a trauma-informed approach to community development in Kensington.

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