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In North Philadelphia, equitable community development requires community engagement – Generocity; October 12, 2018

Gentrification can be a scary word, and one often heard in Philadelphia. While neighborhood development projects often purport to benefit the communities where they’re taking place, the appearance of doing good doesn’t always equal the desired effect. Longtime residents can feel left out of these sometimes-huge projects concerning their neighborhoods when they don’t have much input into whatever is planned.
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Gardening for the Greater Good – PHS Online; October 3, 2018

The neighborhood is called Hunting Park, evoking images of green lawns and shady boughs. But the North Philadelphia community has one of the lowest percentages of tree canopy in the city, making it one of the hottest places to live and contributing to childhood asthma and other health issues.
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Esperanza VP, Jodi Reynhout Honored for Helping Build Philadelphia – BillyPenn; September 24, 2018

There hasn’t been a better time to be involved in Philly’s housing and commercial development scene in centuries. It’s no secret this city is experiencing a boom. But how did we get here? And who’s thinking about the future? In this installment of Billy Penn’s Who’s Next series, which has spotlighted more than 500 up-and-coming leaders in various industries…
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Esperanza Academy Dance Ensemble Performs at City Hall – Al Día; September 24, 2018

Just over a year after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, Philadelphia raised Puerto Rico’s flag at City Hall today to kick off a week of festivities celebrating the Puerto Rican community and its contributions to the city. Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez and U.S. Congressman Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania’s 13th District all spoke at…
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Rev. Luis Cortés, a Voice for Latinos

Through Esperanza, Rev. Luís Cortés has advocated for Latinos in Philadelphia for more than 30 years, spearheading initiatives to educate and empower the community. Now, as Philadelphia rapidly gentrifies, he’s concerned that Latinos have been left out of the equation. If there is one true thing you can say about Rev. Luis Cortés, he’s a…
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Rev. Luis Cortés featured in El Tiempo Latino

El niño pobre de El Barrio, en Manhattan, hace ya varias décadas que creció y se hizo un hombre de fe, de esos que piensan que si se tiene dos manos, una es para ayudar a los demás y la otra para lo mismo. Por eso a Luis Cortés Jr. la Red de Líderes Latinos…
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Rev. Cortés Jr., Receives Eagle Leadership Award in Washington, DC.

Líderes latinos subrayaron hoy la importancia de que la comunidad hispana participe en altos porcentajes en las próximas elecciones legislativas del próximo 6 de noviembre, que determinarán las mayorías en el Congreso nacional. “Los latinos somos ya un 18 % de la población en EE.UU., pero lamentablemente nuestra proporción de voto en muchas áreas es…
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