CEO issues RFP to Train Peer Advocates for Landlord-Tenant Mediation

The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) seeks proposals from qualified organizations for professional services in support of a Community Based Landlord-Tenant Mediation Pilot Program, which will prevent eviction and promote long-term, stable tenancies via mediation, financial assistance, information, and referrals.  The contractor selected through this RFP will be responsible for recruiting and training volunteer tenant advocates, who will coach tenants prior to, or during, landlord-tenant mediation sessions.

The RFP can be downloaded at the link provided below.  CEO’s responses to questions submitted by prospective applicants will be available at the second link provided below. The deadline for responses is Friday, August 23, 2019, 5:00 pm.

Link to download RFPTenant-Advocates Training RFP

Link to Questions and Answers: (forthcoming)

Contracting Opportunity – Surveyor and Data Analyst for Community Needs Assessment

The Philadelphia Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) is seeking proposals from qualified contractors to provide consulting services in support of the development of a community needs assessment (CNA). The selected firm will be expected to: (1) administer 1,000 to 1,500 surveys to collect information from Philadelphia residents on community needs, targeting specific geographic areas and populations; (2) compile data collected through the survey and transmit to CEO in an agreed upon file format; (3) analyze survey data and prepare a report summarizing key findings.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) provides detail on the services solicited under this contracting opportunity as well as submission requirements. The RFP can be downloaded at the link provided below.  CEO’s responses to questions submitted by prospective applicants will be available at the second link provided below. The deadline for responses is Monday, August 19, 2019, 5:00 pm.

Link to download RFP: CEO Survey-Data Analysis RFP FINAL 

Link to Questions and Answers: (forthcoming)

CEO issues RFP for Landlord-Tenant Mediation Pilot Program

The City of Philadelphia, Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) is seeking proposals from qualified firms and organizations to operate a landlord-tenant mediation pilot program. In August 2019, CEO will launch a Community-Based Pre-Filing Mediation Pilot Program (“mediation pilot”) to prevent eviction and promote long-term, stable tenancies via mediation, financial assistance, information, and referrals. The RFP can be downloaded at the link provided below.  CEO’s responses to questions submitted by prospective applicants will be available at the second link provided below. The deadline for responses is Friday, August 16, 2019, 5:00 pm.

Link to download RFP: Pre-Filing Mediation Pilot RFP

Link to Questions and Answers: Q&A

July 2019 Roundtable: Barriers to Re-Entry — Fines, Fees and the Criminalization of Poverty

Fines and fees imposed by the criminal justice system can be a huge burden on low-income individuals and families. That was the focus of Barriers to Re-entry: Fines, Fees, and the Criminalization of Poverty, the most recent event in our Economic Mobility: Earn, Keep, Grow series. Held on July 19 and sponsored by CEO and Penn Law, the conversation featured Sharon Dietrich, an attorney at Community Legal Services; Mary Catherine Roper, the Deputy Legal Director at the ACLU of Pennsylvania; Lisa Foster and Joanna Weiss, the co-Directors of the Fines and Fees Justice Center, and Malik Bandy who talked about his own experience with these fines and fees.

To download the presentations shared at this event, follow the link below:

July 19, 2019 Roundtable Presentations

 

CEO receives AARP Livable Cities Grant for Eviction Prevention Work

We are very pleased to share that we are one of the 159 awardees of the 2019 AARP Community Challenge Grant program from @AARPLivable and AARP! The awardees of this “quick action” grant program come from every state Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Through this grant CEO and partners on the Housing Security Working Group will launch a landlord-tenant mediation program that will utilize third-party mediation, financial assistance, information, and referrals to:

  • reach mutually agreeable solutions in landlord-tenant disputes,
  • reduce eviction and displacement, and
  • foster vibrant, inclusive communities for residents of all income levels.

To find out more about the program and the other grantees check out www.aarp.org/CommunityChallenge.

Hire Hahnemann Job Fair – July 25th!

Philadelphia Works Inc. is hosting a job fair for workers who are impacted by the planned closures of Hahnemann Hospital and the Sunoco Refinery. Details are provided below:

  • Date: Thursday, July 25, 2019
  • Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center – Philadelphia, 1101 Arch Street, Ballroom B, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Doors Open (Public): 1:00 PM
  • End Time: 6:00 PM

Click HERE to download a flyer with more details

Click HERE to register for the job fair

 

CEO is Seeking Graphic Design Services

The City of Philadelphia, Office of  Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) is seeking proposals for graphic design services under a Miscellaneous Purchase Order (MPO). The selected applicant will provide graphic design services in support of various projects and programs to be carried out by CEO over the course of the contracting period, which is expected to run from approximately August 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. These projects include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) CEO’s 2019 Strategic Plan; (2) the Year 1 Progress Report for the Housing Security Working Group; (3) CEO’s 2019 Community Needs Assessment; and (4) Brand collateral for a CEO-sponsored conference in spring 2020. The Request for Proposals (RFP) provides detail on the services solicited under this contracting opportunity as well as submission requirements. The RFP can be downloaded at the link provided below.  CEO’s responses to questions submitted by prospective applicants will be available at the second link provided below. The deadline for responses is Friday, July 19, 2019, 5:00 pm.

Link to download RFP: CEO 2019 Graphic Design RFP FINAL

Link to Questions and Answers: click HERE

 

UESF and the United Way partner to help federal employees still impacted by the shutdown

Funds are still available to help federal employees who fell behind on their bills. UESF partnered with the United Way to create an assistance program for individuals impacted by the recent government shutdown. The program can provide support for up to one month of rental, mortgage or utility assistance per application. Click HERE for more details, or call 215-814-6848 or 215-814-6841.

 

What Might a $15 Minimum Wage Mean for Philadelphia?

Philadelphia is in the midst of an urban revival. In 2017, we experienced upticks in population and home sales and a downtick in unemployment. These trends bode well for Philadelphia’s future, but they mask economic hardship’s persistence within city limits. While Philadelphia’s unemployment numbers have returned to their pre-recession rate, Philadelphians in areas of racially and ethnically concentrated poverty continue to contend with low incomes and their aftereffects like crime and substance misuse.

Wage stagnation may be a key player in Philadelphia’s tale of two cities. Our stagnant wages make us a national and regional outlier. While Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among the nation’s 10 largest cities, we are also one of the few cities on the list that still maintains the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The other “top ten” cities with the federal minimum wage (Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio) are all located in Texas. Philadelphia’s Northeastern peer cities, like New York ($13.50) and Baltimore ($10.10), have established more adequate wage floors in recent years. Philadelphia’s minimum wage has not budged since 2007.

Increasing the minimum wage has emerged as a promising solution for bridging the divide between Philadelphia’s new economy and its longstanding underserved communities. Several studies have linked minimum wage increases to reductions in poverty, income inequality, and social services spending. Since women and people of color are more likely to work low-wage jobs, minimum wage increases also address gender and racial pay gaps.

What is more, Philadelphia’s peer cities did not experience predicted repercussions after raising their minimum wages. When San Francisco raised its minimum wage to $15.00 and indexed it to inflation, the ordinance did not produce negative employment effects. When Seattle passed its $15.00 minimum wage phase-in, the ordinance did not produce significant price increases. Raising the minimum wage enables low-wage workers to share in the benefits of the economic growth that they helped engender.

In January 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf proposed a $12.00 minimum wage for the commonwealth ─ a measure that would increase the earnings of nearly 70,000 Philadelphians. This is an exciting development. The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity believes that Philadelphia is at its best when it fields a full team, promoting conditions that allow all residents to participate in our economic, social, and political life. Making a family-sustaining wage is part and parcel to such inclusion.

Throughout 2019, CEO will host a series of dialogues on the requirements for fostering greater economic mobility among Philadelphia’s under-resourced communities through fair wage policies, protection from predatory goods and services, and increased access to asset building opportunities. We hope you will join us. Continue below for additional information on the topic of wage stagnation and check back periodically to sign up for upcoming presentations through our series, Economic Mobility: Earn, Keep, Grow.

Fair Wages for an Equitable Philadelphia

Close to 15,600 adults living in Philadelphia work full-time, yet live below the poverty line. At the national level, wage inequality is a growing problem, as wages continue to surge for those at the highest income levels while remaining stagnant for low wage workers and those lacking a college degree. Join us for a half-day conference on the importance of fair wages in promoting greater economic mobility for Philadelphia’s workforce. The event will feature keynote speaker Anne Price from the Insight Center for Community Economic Development in Oakland, California, followed by remarks by Mayor Jim Kenney and a panel discussion with local and national experts.

Click HERE to see the full agenda and to register!

A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need. Send an email to cynthia.rann@phila.gov to apply.