Green Block Build Collaborative Partners

The Green Block Build Collaborative strategy is to improve the health and wealth of low-income households, block-by-block, house-by-house. Participating blocks receive education and a suite of products and services designed to help each participant transition to a healthier life and home. To learn more, read more in our post about the first Green Block Build on the 3800 block of Aspen Street in Mantua.

About the Partners:

Philadelphia LISC’s Sustainable Communities Initiative was born out of a realization that healthy communities are not just made of bricks and mortar. They also require a strong foundation of communal respect and action, safe and secure families, a skilled workforce, and numerous other quality-of-life measures like hope and faith in the future. Beginning in 2006, Philadelphia LISC embraced a new strategic plan that emphasized comprehensive, cooperative action over transaction- and organization-focused models of the past. The underlying concept behind our Sustainable Communities Initiative is to concentrate efforts in particular neighborhoods, building local coalitions that work across traditional programmatic and organizational boundaries to try to create a critical mass for sustainable growth and development. We partner with local community development corporations and other neighborhood nonprofits to first create a common vision and work plan for the target area, and then to implement it.


The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is dedicated to helping community residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy and sustainable communities of choice and opportunity — good places to work, do business and raise children. LISC mobilizes corporate, government and philanthropic support to provide local community development organizations with loans, grants and equity investments. LISC also provides local, statewide and national policy support, and technical and management assistance. LISC is a national organization with a community focus. Our program staff collaborate with local community development groups, delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.


The Partnership Community Development Corporation develops affordable, for-sale and rental housing for low to moderate-income families in Philadelphia County, and provides home ownership education to first-time home buyers.

We work to retain and attract businesses in West Philadelphia, allowing our communities to be economically independent and viable. The Partnership CDC also undertakes retail development, organizes business associations, provides technical assistance to businesses and community groups and formulates revitalization strategies for commercial corridors.


Drexel University’s mission is to serve our students and society through comprehensive integrated academic offerings enhanced by technology, co-operative education, and clinical practice in an urban setting, with global outreach embracing research, scholarly activities, and community initiatives. Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university recognized for its focus on experiential learning through co-operative education, its commitment to cutting-edge academic technology and its growing enterprise of use-inspired research.


People’s Emergency Center nurtures families, strengthens neighborhoods, and drives change. PEC is committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout our entire community. We provide comprehensive supportive services to homeless women and their children, revitalize our West Philadelphia neighborhood, and advocate for social justice. Through its CDC, PEC provides an array of neighborhood preservation, community building, technology, and commercial development projects. On Lancaster Avenue, the neighborhood commercial corridor, PEC has attracted new businesses, improved commercial facades, and enhanced the streetscape.


The mission of the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) is to help people conserve energy and to promote a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all in the Philadelphia region. ECA is a large provider energy of efficiency services and job training services, thus filling a critical role in the region.


Mantua Community Improvement Committee was formed in 2000 as a vehicle to keep the streets of Mantua clean and safe. Since its inception, it has cleaned away literally thousands of pounds of trash and weeds from vacant lots, and off the streets. MCIC is also committed to improving the overall quality of life in the community and to employing as many Mantua residents as possible. Founded by Rick Young on a philosophy of self-help and self–determination MCIC is looking forward to many more years of growth and expansion as it fulfills its mission of helping to maintain a healthy, safe, and clean community for the residents of Mantua.


Rebuilding Together Philadelphia is a local, independent affiliate of a national network focused on preserving affordable homeownership using volunteer resources. RTP concentrates much of its work in West Philadelphia, Germantown, and North Philadelphia. Through its critical home repair projects, including energy efficiency upgrades, as well as its safe and healthy home projects, RTP has helped over 1,050 low-income homeowners and over 45 community agencies since its founding in 1988.


Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC) is housed at The Partnership CDC in West Philadelphia. We guide people to city services. We create opportunities for citizens to have a voice in what happens in their communities. The Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC), is an interactive information and service center that is funded by the Office of Housing and Community Development. There are four NAC’s in West and Southwest Philadelphia. NAC has been operating in Philadelphia for almost 35 years.

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