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Esperanza among several the organizations that recognize trees as an essential part of a community – 6ABC; Apr. 13, 2020

One way Esperanza helps contribute to the betterment of Hunting Park’s future is by encouraging citizens to plant trees. Urban greening is an investment for the community with positive impacts that will last for years. In an interview with 6ABC, Esperanza’s very own Gabriella Gabriel Paez, Education and Community Development Coordinator, says that “trees have superpowers.” Sharing…
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FJP Community Network Grant Winner: Esperanza – FJP; Jan. 28, 2020

The Facebook Journalism Project and the Lenfest Institute for Journalism are pleased to announce 30 additional recipients of Community Network grants. News organizations will use these grants to support projects aimed at building community and new paths to sustainability in local news. Each Community Network applicant can request a grant for any amount up to $25,000.  
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Rev. Cortés Speaks on Solutions to Gun Violence – 6ABC; Jan. 15, 2020

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Since the start of 2020, Philadelphia has seen more than one murder per day. A disturbing pattern of violence that spiked over the weekend with seven homicides. Reverend Luis Cortés CEO of Esperanza in Hunting Park says churches, schools, government, police and neighbors are ready to fight back. “The one organizing piece…
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Esperanza Announces Four-Top Level Hires – Generocity; Dec. 9, 2019

Esperanza, the faith-based nonprofit focused on strengthening Latino communities through education, economic development, and advocacy, recently appointed a new CEO for Esperanza Cyber Charter School, a new executive dean for Esperanza College of Eastern University, a new executive director for Esperanza Immigration Legal Services and a new vice president of development for Esperanza Inc.
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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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