Esperanza’s affordable housing project in Hunting Park wins $700K in state funding

Esperanza will convert a vacant property in the Hunting Park neighborhood into affordable housing and commercial space. The 14-member board of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, a state-affiliated agency, approved a $700,000 loan on Wednesday to Esperanza to help fund a three-story development at 4615-21 N. 5th St. that will create eight affordable rental units…
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6abc Honors Rev. Cortés for Hispanic Heritage Month – 6ABC; October 17, 2019

Tuesday was the final day of ‘National Hispanic Heritage Month.’ Action News celebrated the Hispanic culture with a big gathering at their Channel 6 studios. President and General Manager Bernie Prazenica spoke to Latino leaders about the news station’s role in their communities. Reverend Luis Cortes was the guest of honor and sat down with Action…
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Hunting Park: A Community of Green Changemakers – GreenPhilly; October 10, 2019

Earlier this year, as part of a project by the Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity, 33 high school students in North Philadelphia took and shared photographs to document everyday life in their neighborhoods. While some of the young artists produced images of litter and dumping, as well as vacant lots and dilapidated houses, others highlighted…
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Critics Say Richard Florida’s Ideas Helped Ruin American Cities. Can He Redeem Himself in Philly? – PhillyMag; September 21, 2019

The question is whether Florida can point the way toward another, broader transformation — for this city and, by extension, perhaps his own reputation. His audience here figures to be receptive, to a point. “This conversation about equitable growth, where everyone benefits,” says Luis Cortés, the CEO of Esperanza, an organization with a mission to…
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Temple University receives $2.6M grant to help neighbors – 6ABC; September 25, 2019

Esperanza is one of the organizations that will receive additional funding. It’s a well-known organization that has assisted the Hispanic community for more than three decades. “It’s our hope that through this collaborative partnership of different agencies we will be better able to address the needs of Hispanic North Philadelphia and the Hunting Park community…
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