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 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…

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…

Ways to help & resources

Arvilla residents and concerned West Philadelphia neighbors are demanding a pause in the sale of the building and a transparent, compassionate process that prioritizes the residents’ needs.  Some of the ways you can help (email arvillaorganizing@gmail.com for more talking points): + Call Mayor Kenney’s office–(215) 686-2181–and demand intervention with Mission First’s sale of the building…

Calling all concerned neighbors!

Residents of the Arvilla apartment building (4537-39 Osage Avenue), many of whom have lived in their homes 12 to 50 years, are quickly being evicted with less than two months’ notice. Mission First Housing, whose mission is to provide affordable, safe and sustainable homes for people in need, has long neglected the building, and is…