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PHS’s LandCare tackles land vacancy in city neighborhoods. The “Clean and Green” program targets vacant lots in key areas including neighborhoods with public safety issues. The Community LandCare initiative works with 18 community organizations, who hire local residents to maintain vacant lots. This year, LandCare provides work for returning citizens through the Reentry Initiative. To date, over 12,000 parcels have been cleaned and greened resulting in a marked reduction in gun violence, improved health outcomes for residents and increased nearby home values of close to 20 percent.

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The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) helps people conserve energy. Since 1984, ECA has weatherized 45,000 homes and repaired or replaced 50,000 heating systems. ECA supports Neighborhood Energy Centers (NEC) where counselors provide budget counseling and help prevent utility emergencies by obtaining energy assistance grants and utility payment agreements. If you are an organization interested in becoming a NEC check out ECA’s Request for Proposals (RFP). Briefing April 6, 2018. Deadline April 27, 2018.

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Consolidated Plan 
includes review of city’s housing/community development conditions and needs for 2018-19 Annual Action Plan.

NorthCentral Choice update, Greg Heller of PRA Hidden City interview, New market West, EITC reminder.

HTF Annual ReportThe Philadelphia Housing Trust Fund supports housing development and services