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A broad coalition of 24 organizations will gather at City Hall at 4pm today and call upon the Mayoral Administration and City Council to restore holes in the current budget to create better, more livable communities.

$27.9 Million in operating funds and $3.4 Million in capital funds must be restored or reallocated to support the findings of the Budget Community Engagement process that prioritized parks, housing and cleaner and safer streets.

The organizations in the Livable Communities Coalition include Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia; AARP-PA; HACE; Philadelphia Parks Alliance; Asociacion Pueetorriquenos En Marcha; Clean Air Council; Fairmount Park Conservancy; Dynamic Solutions for the Aging, LLC; Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia; North Broad Renaissance; Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia; 5th Square; Piscitello Law, PC; Feet First Philly; The Food Trust; Transit Forward Philadelphia; Philadelphia Orchard Project; Philly Office Retail; Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corp; The Trust for Public Land; Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation; Rebuilding Together Philadelphia; Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; and the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.

The undersigned organizations are part of the City of Philadelphia Livable Communities Network.  We believe strongly that several operational agencies need to have their budgets restored so that they can have the bare minimum of resources to move forward and help the City recover from the pandemic.  Making these investments will yield the most for our City.

We respectfully request that specific line items in FY22 budget items be restored or increased when City Council adopts the final budget.

To read the full letter to City Council, click here.

In total, we are seeking $31.275 Million in operating and capital funds to be restored or reallocated.  These items support the findings of the Budget Community Engagement process that prioritized parks, housing and cleaner and safer streets.

Our Network is working collaboratively to promote a more livable city and have joined together to advance the 2020 Livable Communities: Age-Friendly Philadelphia Action Plan that Mayor Kenney supported on February 6, 2020 and that City Council’s Committee on Intergenerational Affairs & Aging supported on April 16, 2020.

To sign onto the Livable Communities budget, click here.

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