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  • 08 Mar 2021 1:07 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In an ongoing bid to make Philadelphia’s port more competitive with New York and Baltimore, elected officials and port leadership on Thursday kicked off construction of a $42 million warehouse in South Philly.

    PhilaPort breaks ground on new $42 million distribution center (inquirer.com)

  • 04 Mar 2021 7:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The 2021 Penn Relays that were scheduled for April have been canceled for a second year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and local restrictions on large gatherings.

  • 04 Mar 2021 3:57 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    VISTA Members help increase capacity in City departments. Each department project is unique and offers VISTA Members an opportunity to get hands-on experience in community engagement and navigating local government.

    This year, we will be offering a Summer Associate (10-weeks) and Full-Year programs. The summer Associate Program starts in August and the Full-Year term starts in July. The application for Summer Associates will open on March 20th. Join our listserv to be notified when it drops!

    During your term of service you will:
    • Receive a bi-weekly stipend and monthly SEPTA passes.
    • Monthly professional development and teambuilding with the cohort.
    • Receive a Segal Education Award at the end of your term.

    To apply you must:
    • Be 18+ years or older.
    • Have a high school degree by the start of service.
    • Have a passion for service!
    Apply to the Serve Philadelphia VISTA Corps today!
  • 02 Mar 2021 2:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    South 21st & Locust Streets (map)

    Barbara Gittings (1932–2007) was a Gay Pioneer and the mother of the LGBT civil rights movement. In the 1960s she resided in Philadelphia with her partner, Kay Lahusen. During that time, Gittings was the editor of the first lesbian publication. With fellow activist Frank Kameny, Gittings helped organize the first public demonstrations for gay and lesbian equality. Known as Annual Reminders, the protests took place in front of Independence Hall each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969. Kameny and Gittings also waged a multiyear challenge of the American Psychiatric Association, resulting in the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses. Working with the American Library Association, Gittings successfully crusaded to include gay and lesbian literature in the nation's libraries. In 2012 Philadelphia officially named the intersection of 13th and Locust Streets "Barbara Gittings Way."

    Barbara Gittings Residence Historic Marker | Equality Forum

  • 02 Mar 2021 11:51 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release: March 1, 2021

    Contact: Donna Carney, Donna.Carney@phila.gov

    Every neighborhood has residents who want to become more involved but aren’t sure how. Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) helps them take that next step.

    Since 2010, CPI has trained more than 600 residents from more than 130 neighborhoods to take a more active role in issues facing their community. Now CPI is looking for the next 30 citizen planners.

    CPI is accepting applications through March 19 online at www.citizensplanninginstitute.org

    CPI teaches Philadelphians about city planning, zoning, and development so they can create positive change in their neighborhoods. Classes are Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. from April 7 – May 26 online through zoom.

    “CPI is for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community,” said Donna Carney, program director. “It gives people the tools, resources, and connections to get things done in their neighborhood.”

    Participants learn from leaders in the fields of planning, development, and community organizing. They also connect with the growing network of Citizen Planners across the City who are working on many of the same issues.

    Contact info: CPI@phila.gov

  • 02 Mar 2021 11:45 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City, School District, and union officials have announced that PreK through second-grade students will begin returning to school buildings for in-person learning on a rolling schedule beginning Monday, March 8. 

    Following a mediation process led by a City-appointed neutral third-party, the School District of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT) agreed upon a process that allows the PFT to individually review plans for all schools and start bringing students and staff back for in-person instruction. 

    Read the full statement, and get more details on school re-openings below.

    School Re-opening Updates

  • 02 Mar 2021 11:41 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    Be sure to check out this section over the upcoming weeks as we will feature information and resources promoting vaccine access, equity, opportunity, and calls to action.

  • 02 Mar 2021 11:27 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    If you have lost your job through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

    This guide will help you navigate the process of applying for unemployment compensation and connect you with additional resources available as part of the federal and state response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Unemployment Benefits | PA.GOV

  • 02 Mar 2021 11:24 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In December, the City of Philadelphia mailed Real Estate Tax bills to thousands of Philadelphia property owners. Even if you didn’t receive your bill in the mail, you are still responsible for paying it – and on time!

    Property tax bill gone missing? Here’s how to get a new one. | Department of Revenue | City of Philadelphia

  • 01 Mar 2021 8:12 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Councilperson Squilla has introduced Bill 2100181. Per the Inquirer, the Bill was created  to address situations where the operation of “air B and Bs” have generated quality of life complaints – most frequently, disruptive and noisy social gatherings.  Currently affected neighbors find it difficult to find a “buck stops here” owner to whom they may address their concerns. 

    Bill 2100181 eliminates the licensing exception for owners who rent out for less than 90 days a year. The Bill’s  Limited Lodging License must be obtained by any owner or subletting  tenant who engages in a temporary rental  even if only for a few weekends each year.  To qualify for such a license, the name and mailing address of each person with a substantial ownership interest in the subject  property must be registered. Where a corporation or other entity rather than a natural person holds the deed or lease, the name and mailing address of the natural person(s) owning  a substantial interest in the ownership entity must be presented in the registration.  Further, operators of Limited Lodging units must retain City licensed  booking agents provide the City with the street address of each Limited Lodging property and the length of stay and price of each booking and advertisements or marketing materials must contain the booking agent’s license number.

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