Community Conversation about Housing Justice:

Please join us for a community conversation about housing justice in our community March 7th, 7-8:30pm at Cavalry Center for Culture & Community (48th & Baltimore)! In the wake of the evictions at the Arvilla, it’s time to take stock of both all that we’ve accomplished as a community and to plan what our next steps…

Response to Mission First’s statement on sale of the Arvilla

In attempting to justify the evictions of the residents of the Arvilla apartments on Osage Avenue and the proposed sale of the building, the non-profit owner, Mission First Housing Group, has offered a distorted and incomplete account on its website.   Their misrepresentation of the situation at the Arvilla requires a response: Mission First has…

Join us at City Hall on Jan 16th!

At long last, the meeting with Mission First & Councilwoman Blackwell has been scheduled. While it will be a closed-door meeting, we’d love to have you join us to show the Councilwoman & Mission First how much the community cares about the wrongs that the Arvilla residents have endured, and how important it is to…

Join us on Wed January 9th for a lobbying visit to Councilwoman Blackwell…

Way back on December 17th, Mission First agreed to sit down for a meeting with Councilwoman Blackwell, Arvilla residents & concerned neighbors. You might recall the Councilwoman’s words in the NBC10 interview about how Mission First has handled the Arvilla: It’s just not fair – it’s wrong. We are still waiting on that meeting, and…

Gaining momentum…

Monday was a big day in Spruce Hill, starting with NBC10′s visit to the Arvilla to hear stories from residents being forced from their homes… Meanwhile, neighbors had been preparing for Mission First’s presentation at the Spruce Hill Zoning Committee… … where they delivered a nice sounding presentation about their lofty goals, while we circulated…

Support residents of the Arvilla at Spruce Hill meeting

Mission First Housing Group is sending representatives to Spruce Hill Community Association’s zoning meeting on Monday Dec 17th to ‘address community concerns’.  Residents of the Arvilla apartment building on 46th & Osage are being forced to move out of their homes because Mission First Housing Group has decided to sell the building. Concerned neighbors are dismayed that an…

A letter to Mission First Housing Group

On Friday, we sent the following letter to Mark Dietcher, Director of Business Development at Mission First Housing Group.  ––––––––––––––– Dear Mr Deitcher, Greetings from Spruce Hill, where many neighbors are concerned about the choices that Mission First Housing Group has made with regards to the Arvilla apartment building at 4537-39 Osage. We’ve asked Rachel…

City Hall visit & next up:

Arvilla residents facing eviction & concerned neighbors visited City Hall last week… … where we met with Councilwoman Blackwell’s chief of staff & her director of housing.  We shared our concerns about the building and how the sale & lease terminations were being handled by the nonprofit whose mission includes providing sustainable housing.  We stressed the…

Latest updates

Here are some thoughts from our organizing meeting last Wednesday. [SAVE THE DATE: Tues Nov 27, 12:30pm @ City Hall Room 408!] – A first win: Getting an extension for tenants till Jan 31st is a big win, and shows how powerful public attention to these matters can be. – Need more press: The article in the inquirer was great, and…

Learn more…

If you didn’t catch Samantha Melamed’s great Inquirer article, check it out here. There’s also a nice thread on Twitter that references the city’s assessment on Fair Housing and commitment to fighting this kind of displacement… please share these resources.  If you’re on twitter, please ask that @phillymayor @councilwomanJLB @councilwomanBRB & @HelenGymAtLarge demand @MissionFirstHG stop this sale and…