Greetings from the Executive Director
South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc. is becoming more involved in the community by working with YOU! We have organized a Neighborhood Community Action Council –our outreach is to better serve you. This council’s basic goals are to promote SPH by helping the community. Supporting the organizations’ mission, advocating for SPH fundraising, and building our capacity to better serve you.
As council members we hold office for two (2) year terms. We have twelve people, we need eight more. We are looking for a lawyer, and or professions person from the Breeze to help fill in the empty slots. As usual your interest is our mission to serve.
For your information we will be submitting criteria for our Neighborhood Action Council (NAC): people that live or work in Point Breeze; have a vested in the Breeze and desire to help promote the Breeze through projects that will help growth.
We will continue to provide full service to the residents of our community. These include: Share Food, Counseling, , pre-home ownership workshops, predatory lending workshops, computer classes, post-employment announcement, social service referrals, clerical services, resume writing computer usage/internet services, debit & Credit Counseling, zoning with the PBCDC, and other services that are individual needs.
Notice: South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc . NAC is no longer funded by OHCD through the Community Development Block Grant. South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc. is now FREE to establish our own service boundaries and our own agenda. We have always been a Neighborhood Action Council or NAC even without OHCD funding.
Services We Offer
Pre-Home Ownership Classes
State Food Giveaway
Foreclosure Prevention HEMAP
The Mission for South Philadelphia HOMES Inc.
Early in 1964 a group of concerned civic minded citizens gathered at 1613 South Street to study their area of residence. They focused on housing and the positive and negative effects of the surrounding are-as. The areas analyzed were 17th& South Street, Washington Ave-nue to Mifflin Street, west of Broad to 25th Street. They agreed that the goal should be to improve existing housing, increase new housing for low-income people, and increase employment for area youth.
On October 24, 1967 SPH charter was registered under the name South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. Inc. SPH then became a non-profit organization for housing in the state of Pennsylvania and 501 C (3) tax exempt. There were 15 original chartered members who met in the old Musician Union Hall at Broad & Carpenter Streets. This group expanded to 30 active members.
By the late 1970's, after the Vietnam War an Asian influx (Vietnamese & Cambodian) presence began to emerge. SPH proceeded to work for finances for their project. SPH worked towards obtaining more subsidiaries from the state, city, and federal governments. In 1982 SPH dreams were materialized. Our first project was called Ellsworth Site 1.
Growing as an organization taught SPH that housing was not enough. Forty percent of the area young adults were without jobs and 50% did not have high school diplomas. Now we really wanted the community to benefit from affordable housing. SPH learned that we must teach life skills and pre-housing counseling education classes to help the community benefit with the tools needed to sustain a home rental or home ownership.
Our first site for an office was 2127 Federal Street. Not having the funds to build, we gave it to the PHS for the community garden that sits there today. We began our first office at 1314 S. 22nd Street around 1990, moving to 1444 Point Breeze Avenue in 2005.
Our second project was a house on Federal Street. Our third was 19 houses built by means of a joint venture with Community Ventures. Completed 2012
We presently have plans to build a senior/veterans building on the Breeze.
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