Community Update: October 2022

"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community . . . Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and our own." 
- Cesar Chavez


Save Our Mantua Haverford Community Center

Did you know that a real estate developer wants to demolish the Mantua Haverford Community Center to build nearly 200 apartments? 

What can you do to help?
Look out for updates from Mt. Vernon Manor and Mantua Civic Association about an RCO meeting.   Once MCA receives information about this project, meeting details will be shared with the public. 

Anyone interested in hearing about the proposed destruction of the MHCC or sharing their voice in opposition to the project are highly encouraged to attend this meeting. 

Meet Emma Kahn and Stephanie Mayweather

As Community Development Coordinator, Emma manages projects related to our affordable housing developments, community gardening and open space projects, and the West Philadelphia Community Land Trust.  Before coming to Mt. Vernon Manor, Emma conducted research on inclusive and equitable urban public space development and worked with asylum seekers.

Stephanie is the new Safety and Justice Coordinator.  She is a victims' rights expert with over 30 years of experience as an advocate for social justice issues. Stephanie's personal motto is to "know a little about a lot," and has held teaching positions at several colleges teaching courses in victimology, constitutional law, and non-profit management. Stephanie looks forward to serving the Powelton Village, Mantua, and East Parkside neighborhoods in her new role.  
Mantua Urban Peace Garden 
  The City of Philadelphia is transferring the Mantua Urban Peace Garden to Mt. Vernon Manor. Once the City of Philadelphia conveys this land to us, Mt. Vernon Manor will transfer the MUPG into the West Philadelphia Land Trust to protect it from the possibility of private real estate development. In collaboration with long-time gardeners and MUPG leaders, we will ensure that the Mantua Urban Peace Garden remains in the hands of our community. You can find more information about the Mantua Urban Peace Garden on our website here.


Housing and Utility Assistance Now Available
Mt. Vernon Manor CDC is continuing to accept grant applications for residents of Mantua, Powelton Village, and East Parkside only.  This is a one time payment for monthly mortgage or rent payments, high utility bills, and shut off notices.  Please note that residents who received grant payments from Mt. Vernon Manor in the past will not be eligible for another grant.  Homeowners are especially encouraged to apply.
Contact Mt. Vernon Manor at 215-475-9492 for more info.      
LIHEAP Grant Opens Nov. 1, 2022
 The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grant is a one time payment sent to your utility company or oil provider.  Payments are based on household size and income and fuel type and range from $500 - $1500.  Households with Shut-Off Notices or who are in immediate danger of being without heat can submit CRISIS applications.  Call our office to schedule an appointment or apply online with a
My COMPASS accountFind more information about LIHEAP here
LIHWAP Grant Closes Oct. 28, 2022
  The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) grant is a one time payment sent to your water company for overdue water bills. CRISIS applications are available. The maximum award for this grant is $2500 but the application deadline is fast approaching.  Call our office today to schedule a time to apply or apply online with a
My COMPASS account. Find more information about LIHWAP here
SNAP Benefits Have Increased
Pennsylvania has increased the income threshold for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Limit.  This means a household of one with a monthly income of $2,266, or a household of two with a combined monthly income of $3,052 are eligible to receive SNAP benefits. Read more about the income guidelines here.  Call Mt. Vernon Manor to schedule a time to apply or apply online with your My COMPASS Account. 


Rent Rebate Bonus
You may be eligible to receive additional funds for the 2021 Property Tax / Rent Rebate ProgramThe new law allows recipients to receive an additional 70 percent of their original rebate amount.  To receive the rebate and the bonus, you must be 65 or older or at least 18 and have a disability.  Apply here or contact for assistance. 215-475-9492. 

Attention Seniors and Disabled Homeowners
The Home Modification for Independence program, offered through Inglis House, provides senior and disabled homeowners an opportunity for improvements to their home that can allow them to stay in place. Examples of this work include access ramps, raised toilet seats/support, tub transfer bench, and more.  Eligible participants must own their home and be 62 or older or have a disability. 
Register for the program here or contact Mt. Vernon Manor.
For more information or questions about our services please call 215-475-9492.


 Free Training Programs
Apply to enroll in the following free training programs held at
Project Home
1936 N. Judson St. 19121. 
Classes in Music Production begin in November.
Peer Specialist Certification trainings begin in 2023. 
    Click here for more about training details here, including application deadlines.



Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 28
Voters must be registered to vote by October 28 for the General Election.  Click this link to register to vote online, or contact our office for help applying online. Use this link find your polling location

Wednesday Food Pantry

    Stop by Mt. Vernon Manor CDC any Wednesday between          10am and 12pm.  Pick up produce, pastries, meats and more.     


Fairmount Bikes - $2 Flat Fix & Credit Accounts 
Have a flat bike tire? Fairmount Bikes, located at 2015 Fairmount Ave. offers a $2 flat fix when you show your EBT card.   For more information about how to apply for an account with $125 of store credit, contact Sam at Mt. Vernon Manor. 

House of 2nd Chances Boutique
Located at Pinn Memorial Baptist Church 2251 N. 54th Street, this is open for free clothing on Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:00am – 2:00pm, and by appointment.  Call 215-878-2742 for more information. 


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TURN's Guide to Eviction
Here is a resource guide created by the Temple University School of Law for tenants looking for resources to hold their landlords accountable for unsafe housing conditions:

Want to Stop Unsolicited Offers to Buy Your Home?
Are you receiving incessant phone calls and text messages that you want to stop? Here is a resource that can help. The City of Philadelphia released a "Do Not Solicit" registration list, and complaint form for homeowners to prevent real estate agents and wholesalers from making unsolicited offers on your home.
Early Head Start

Head Start: Education, Health, Nutrition, Involvement - YouTube
Head Start - CHSofNJ
Register your child for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Early Head Start Program.  
Contact CHOP at 215-425-9900.
Drexel Community Services Hours

              Free HIV testing - Clinical Breast Exams - Blood Pressure - Blood sugar - BMI Screening, “Ask the Nurse”

 Tuesdays 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Behavioral Health Counseling  (Appointment only) Sliding Scale fee

Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m

Free Covid-19 Vaccines

Thursdays 1 - 3:30pm 

Click here to schedule and appointment.


What other social services do you provide?

Referral Assessments and Information
Community Resources
Educational Programs

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What if I don’t have insurance?
You can still see a Physician.

Located at the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships
3509 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA.
Carriage House – second floor

Hours of Operation
Tuesdays - Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


Promise Zone Public Safety Committee Meeting
 Public Safety Meetings take place on the 1st Monday of every month from 3:30-4:45pm via Zoom.  Click this link to join.  
Meeting ID: 945 9309 0518   Passcode: 948193


16th Police District Town Hall Meeting 
16th Police District Town Hall Meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5:00pm via Zoom.  Click here to join. 
Meeting ID: 711 3862 6979  Passcode: COMMUNITY

Promise Zone Health and Wellness Committee Meeting 
Health and Wellness Meetings take place on the 4th Tuesday of every month via Zoom. Click here to join.  
Meeting ID: 857 5530 2827


Thank you to our partners at the Division of Housing and Community Development for their contribution in the sponsorship of this publication.

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