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Mental Health Trainings Available to Community Residents

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual DisAbility Services (DBHIDS) currently offers Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trainings at no cost to people who live, work or study in Philadelphia. Trainings are offered throughout different neighborhoods in the city. Read more 

The Food Trust: Making SNAP dollars go further at West Philly Grocery Stores

With funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program, and with the support of local partners, The Food Trust will expand its successful Philly Food Bucks healthy food incentive program (offering SNAP participants a $2 coupon for fresh fruits and vegetables for every $5 they spend at the farmers’ market) into a statewide initiative. Kicking off the expansion, the agency is partnering with Burns’ Family Neighborhood Markets at their Fresh Grocer location at 56th and Chestnut streets in West Philadelphia this fall. Read more

Coordinating Code Enforcement with Help for Small Business

Commercial corridors are concentrations of businesses and services; they are the hearts of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. With funding from the City’s Department of Commerce, two neighborhood commercial corridors serve Promise Zone residents: 52nd Street — between Pine and Arch — is managed by Akeem Dixon of The Enterprise Center. Lancaster Avenue — between 34th and Saunders — is managed by James Wright of People’s Emergency Center. Read more

Positive Changes Happening in Promise Zone

By NBC10- Katy Zachry, June 15, 2015

NBC10’s Katy Zachry is finding out some of the positive changes that have come to Mantua since President Obama made the neighborhood in West Philadelphia a National Promise Zone.

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A “Mini-Grant” Initiative for the Promise Zone

Credit.Hole in the CloudsRecently, The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia awarded $15,000 to the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) to launch a Promise Zone Mini-Grant initiative. The initiative will enable CEO to make direct awards to organizations serving residents of Promise Zone neighborhoods. Grants will address small funding gaps within organizations that create positive, impactful change in their communities. CEO is exploring how to expand this funding source and make it a sustainable resource for Promise Zone partners. MORE

Philadelphia Promise Zone: Year One in Review

The Obama Administration awarded Philadelphia one of the first five Promise Zone designations on January 9th, 2014. The designation encourages public, non-profit, and private organizations to collaborate on shared anti-poverty initiatives that address neighborhoods between the Schuylkill River, 48th Street, Sansom Street, and Girard Avenue. Organizations working on efforts in this area have an advantage when applying for certain Federal funding programs, and private funders are increasingly interested in Promise Zone and other place-based approaches. MORE

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