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Philly Nonprofit Illustrates the Power of Deep Community Organizing – Philly Nonprofit Quarterly; January 9, 2019

*Correction: Esperanza is not affiliated with Esperanza Health Center and has not taken any part into the construction of its new campus.* What does asset-based community development look like? While some groups opt to focus on bricks and mortar, as scholars like John “Jody” Kretzmann and John McKnighthave argued for decades, strong asset-based development really comes…
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Inside Esperanza’s ‘asset-building’ development strategy in Hunting Park – Generocity; January 9, 2019

Esperanza, the local nonprofit serving the North Philadelphia neighborhood’s Hispanic community, renovated and officially reopened the former school’s building in November after it sat vacant for more than a decade. Now dubbed the Roberto Clemente Homes, it contains 38 affordable housing units and 5,000 square feet of commercial space. The $18 million project is a marker of the…
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A Place Called Hope – Eastern University News; November 23, 2018

By M. Thomas Ridington ’78, MA ’81, PhD The national conversation on poverty identifies place as a powerful determinant for accessing the American dream. A zip code is a key factor in establishing the opportunities available for most people and portends their futures.  It’s not surprising then that academic, business and nonprofit leaders are coalescing around mobility as a…
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Benefits Data Trust, Esperanza and 8 more Philly orgs just earned $1.78M – Generocity; December 6, 2018

Esperanza’s Housing and Economic Development division received a scale-tipping $450,000 renewal grant from Wells Fargo last week. The money will help support resident-driven community development projects and initiatives in Hunting Park, in addition to beautifying the North Philadelphia area. The grant builds on previous 2012 funding and will help Esperanza complete its Hunting Park 2022…
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5 Smart Lessons About Investing to End Poverty in Philadelphia – Generocity; October 23, 2018

When the news broke last month that Philadelphia’s poverty rate was stuck for another year at 25.7 percent, still the highest of America’s 10 largest cities, the collective response was one of frustration. Despite Philly’s many cross-sector collaborations, local government efforts and discussions — prepare yourself for this shocker — ending poverty isn’t easy, which is why it hasn’t happened yet.…
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Esperanza Community Coordinator, Gabriella Paez, Featured for Winning “Activist of the Year” Award – SP2 News; October 17, 2018

The annual awards ceremony and celebration, hosted by the sustainable lifestyle blog Green Philly, includes environmentally and locally-conscious award categories such as “Climate Hero” and “Neighborhood Champion.” According to the SustainPHL organizers, the Activist of the Year honor serves to recognize a community leader who has demonstrated dedication to a sustainability cause through “increasing visibility…
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