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Fight the blight! Fund the launch of a new nonprofit: The Philadelphia Community Corps!

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THE STORY:

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The Philadelphia Community Corps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that was created to take on Philadelphia's abandoned housing blight.

The Problem

There are over 40,000 abandoned, vacant, or blighted properties in Philadelphia. These properties lose the city $20 million in maintenance costs each year, and owe a total of $70 million in uncollected taxes. They drive away investment, attract crime, and drag down property values city-wide by an estimated $3.6 billion, which further undercuts the tax base for the public school system, but there hasn’t been a solution profitable enough—or large enough in scale—to reverse the abandoned housing blight.

The Market

Philadelphia recently became the largest city in the country to pass land bank legislation, which is aimed at quickly developing its nearly 10,000 city-owned properties. Previously, the Department of License & Inspections paid demolition contractors to remove about 1,000 blighted structures a year at an average cost of $13,000 per house, or $9.5 million to demolition contractors each year.

The Solution

By employing grant-funded job trainees for structure removal, and volunteers for soft-stripping, a nonprofit deconstruction organization could earn a sustainable income while addressing the city‘s abandoned housing blight and putting wages back into the communities from which they salvage materials.

Our Mission

The Philadelphia Community Corp’s mission is to revitalize blighted neighborhoods by deconstructing abandoned housing and salvaging materials for reuse in rehabilitating existing low-income housing.

Fundraising Goals

  • Pickup Truck - $10,000
  • Tools - $10,000
  • Evaluator’s Toolkit - $150
  • Soft-Stripping Tools - $2,276
  • Deconstruction Tools - $1,288
  • Organization, Storage, & Security - $1,398
  • Specialty Tools - $629
  • Health & Safety Equipment - $478
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - $377
  • Gas - $400/month
  • West Philly Tool Library - $100
  • Shipping Container - $2,500
  • West Philly Tool Library - $100

Tools: $23,000

Insurance: $30,000/year

Paying 10 Workers $9/hour for a Month: $15,000

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PHILADELPHIA COMMUNITY CORPS

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