Starting July 15, we'll be in our new office location at 1901 League Street.
We're also still seeking a roommate to share the space with us. The
total space is 3,200 square feet. It was previously a
wedding/photography studio. We're offering 1,400-1,600 square feet of
space for $1/sqft. If you're interested, please email email@example.com for more information.
Please note that office hours are still closed until further notice.
RESTORE & REOPEN GRANT
(THE MERCHANT'S FUND)
A grant program for Philadelphia small businesses impacted by civil unrest
provide grants to small, independently-owned businesses in historically
disadvantaged communities that have suffered property damage, vandalism
or inventory losses during the recent civil unrest. Grants will be made
up to $10,000 depending on the extent of damage and needs of the
Occupy a storefront, retail, or commercial space physically located in Philadelphia. This includes kiosks.
Have experienced more than $500 in damage during civil unrest between May 30, 2020 and time of application.
Be independently-owned; franchises are eligible only if independently-owned.
Earn annual revenue of less than $2 million at the impacted location.
Be in compliance with all local, state, and federal taxes (or on an approved payment plan).
Have required federal, state, and local licenses and permits to legally operate.
Due to limited funding, the Restore and Reopen grant program will prioritize businesses that:
Are located in historically disadvantaged communities.
Employ local residents.
Where and How to Apply:
Applications are available online at https://webportalapp.com/sp/tmf-restoreandreopen.DEADLINE EXTENDED. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 29. Applications will be evaluated beginning Tuesday, June 30; not as they are received.
IMMEDIATE SUPPORT FOR MARIAN ANDERSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM
Our neighborhood's beloved Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society has
recently suffered from flooding in the basement of the Museum and is
working to repair the damage. In addition, the Historical Society and
Museum has been closed due to COVID and yet to receive any support loans
or grants to subsidize their ongoing operational costs. Today,
we're helping Jillian of the Museum to recruit volunteers to help clean
up the damage of the flooding and fundraising to help make up costs
incurred over this period, including the cost of the damage to the
If you'd like to volunteer to help clean up: We'll be
practicing social distancing so we will try to only have 1-3 volunteers
in the basement at one time (**all must wear a facial covering at all
times**). There are a few times slots available this week to volunteer.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to volunteer.
If you want to donate: we're looking for donations (see list below) of tools to help the clean up team and there is also a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of the repairs and operational costs incurred due to COVID-19.
Taney’s decision in the Dred Scott v.
Sandford case is one of the most racist and offensive decisions this
country has ever experienced. That is why it is about time to take
Taney’s name off our street signs and replace it with someone who we can
be proud of!
UPDATE: On June 26, Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley signed an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.
addition to staying at home, practicing social distancing, and washing
your hands thoroughly, wearing a mask in public is one of the best ways
to protect yourself and others around you from COVID-19. Many people are
making their own masks for themselves and others with what they have
available at home. Here are some tips to make sure you know why, when,
and how to properly use a mask. LEARN MORE
Our office will be closed until further notice. If you have any concerns or questions, you can reach our Executive Director, Nicole via email at email@example.com.
HELP US CREATE THE NEIGHBORHOOD YOU WANT TO LIVE IN.
thoughtful donation is an impactful investment in our neighborhood, and
it helps SOSNA and our volunteers continue to be a resource for you and
engage more of our neighbors.
is only able to do our work with the support of our neighbors, our
neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We depend on the
countless hours our neighbors volunteer with us and we rely on generous
donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses to carry out our
mission of improving our community.
SOSNA is only able to do the work that we do with the support of our
neighbors, our neighborhood businesses, and our community partners. We
depend on the countless hours our residents volunteer with SOSNA, and we
rely on generous donations, like yours, from neighbors and businesses
to carry out our mission of improving our community.
Proposed Police Reform and Requests That FOP Be Asked To Renegotiate Its
Contract And That Council Convene Over the Summer
On June 8, Councilmember Kenyatta
Johnson sent a letter to Mayor Kenney, signed by 13 other supporting
Councilmembers, containing 15 relatively specific recommendations for police department reform. On June
9, Mayor Kenney issued a document titled: "Actions for change: No
budget increase, new use-of-force policies, changes to union contract,
and more." It responds, affirmatively, to each of the
15 recommendations in Johnson's June 8 letter, and actually goes much
further. It also ties in the previously announced Police Reform Working
Group and a newly created "Reconciliation Steering Committee." (View document here.) Over
the past several days, the CCRA Board voted to endorse the reforms set
forth in these documents, and to so advise the Mayor and City Council.
Equally important, given the centrality of the City's contract with the
Fraternal Order of Police to the implementation of several of these
reforms, CCRA is requesting that the Mayor and Councilmembers ask the
FOP to renegotiate its contract now. Furthermore, given the urgency of
the moment, CCRA is also requesting that Council convene over its
traditional summer recess (from now until mid-September) in order to
hold hearings and enact the legislation necessary to effectuate the
proposed reforms. We look forward to the responses of Mayor Kenney and
all Councilmembers to our requests. The text of our letter, which is
going out today, is as follows:
To The Mayor and City Council:
the aftermath of George Floyd's murder, the Center City Residents'
Association (CCRA) agrees with Councilmember Johnson's June 8th letter,
signed by 13 other Councilmembers, which asserts that "police reform cannot wait" and that the City must "act decisively." We also support Mayor Kenney's June 9th agenda for police reform and his commitment to "seize this moment" and "move quickly, because too many lives are being lost." Both documents are laudable. However, because "police reform cannot wait," because now is the time to "move quickly," CCRA
implores the Administration and Council to immediately call upon the
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police to renegotiate its contract so that these necessary reforms can be realized. And because "police reform cannot wait," because now is the time to "move quickly," CCRA implores
Council to do three things: (1) swiftly draft bills necessary to
implement the proposals already endorsed by a great majority of Council
and the Mayor; (2) promptly hold public hearings on the proposed new
laws; and (3) convene no later than August to enact the necessary
In keeping with the urgency of the moment, we look forward to a speedy response.
Southern Land Company's Proposed Mixed-Use Building at 1608 Sansom Street
Virtual Meeting Information
Land Company's public meeting will hold a live stream in lieu of an
in-person meeting given the CDC's guidelines on gatherings on:
- Philadelphia Remains in the "Yellow Phase" of reopening.
The Kenney Administration says the "earliest to go to 'Green Phase' is
July 3." Some businesses are allowed to open beginning June 26.
Businesses include salons, barbers, spas,and other personal services.
requires all riders to wear face covering and to practice social
distancing when you can. All SEPTA services are running normally on
their summer schedule except the Regional Rail. Starting
Monday, June 29, Regional Rail will run hourly weekday service on most
lines, with the Airport and Paoli/Thorndale Lines operating every 30
minutes throughout the day. The Chestnut Hill West and Cynwyd Lines will
- Philadelphia Zoo will reopen on July 9 - the Philadelphia Zoo will open for members only July 6-8 and will open to the general public starting July 9. Reservations are required for ALL GUESTS, including members.
The neighborhood is alive with efforts to decry America's racist past, as reported in the Inquirer
on 6/22. Protestors on Fitler Square's Taney Street expressed their
commitment to change the name of the street, named after former U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Roger Taney. Justice Taney wrote the majority
Dred Scott vs. Sandford, in 1857. The decision held that
Africans, enslaved or free, did not have standing to sue in federal
court and that slaves were the property of their owners. Neighbors want
the street renamed "to
honor someone who has united the country rather than divided it, and
who recognizes the important contributions of all Americans".
Click here to add your name to the Petition to Rename Taney Street
Free Virtual Tour at the American Revolution Museum
Celebrate Independence with a Week of Free Virtual Experiences for All Ages. Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 4.
Fourth of July Live Fireworks Show Has Been Cancelled
The City spoke with the Inquirer and said the firework shows, "encourage
people to gather in close proximity, which is not recommended at this
time due to potential spread of COVID-19." Instead, the city will
broadcast a recording of last year's fireworks display over the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, the paper reports. You'll be able to tune in
on TV and online.
The Friends of Philadelphia City Institute Library (PCI) on Rittenhouse Square want to know why you love the PCI library.
Now through July 4, 2020,we invite you to tell the world I Love PCI Library Because...
Participate by clicking here.Library
patrons of all ages are encouraged to submit any item from a few words
to a picture that illustrates why you love PCI library. Your responses
will be made into a slide show on PCI Friends website, and, once the
library reopens, the slide show will be shown on the wall where the
mural used to be.