A technical assistance and low-interest financing program that helps homeowners improve and maintain the physical and economic value of older homes
Targeted within specific “transitional neighborhoods” in Philadelphia (see map)
- Received $15.3 million in public investment between 2003 and 2012
- Expanded Roots to Re-Entry with $500,000 in support from the city
- Partnered with municipal Division of Housing and Community Development to pilot incentives for private and nonprofit landscape contractors to hire formerly incarcerated individuals
Select Initiative Goals
- Improve quality of life
- Redevelop and improve neighborhoods
- Remediate blight
- The treatment of vacant parcels establishes a citywide “brand” for a scattered-site community asset with a relatively novel form. The program’s trademark wooden post-and-rail fence marks the site as a community amenity and discourages dumping.
- Contractors for the program clean, grade, and seed vacant lots.
- The program operates on both public and privately owned land: The city’s Department of Licenses and Inspections grants PHS right of entry to abate nuisance on private property if the owner does not respond to a citation.
- The City of Philadelphia contracts with the nonprofit PHS, which designed and operates the LandCare program with additional philanthropic support.
- In 2010, the program grew to include the related Roots to Re-Entry reintegration initiative for formerly incarcerated Philadelphia residents. This has cut the recidivism rate of its participants, who, prior to release, complete a landscape training certificate program. Upon release, participants begin a six-week internship with PHS and receive additional job placement support, housing, and education.
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Promotional and branding program to strengthen the housing market in the Triangle neighborhood of North Winton Village, a target middle neighborhood in Rochester