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Support Arvilla Residents!

$14,241 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 136 people in 29 days
Created December 21, 2018


Hello from West Philadelphia, where 18 residents of the Arvilla building (4500 block of Osage) are being forced out of their homes at only a few weeks' notice.

One of the residents of the Arvilla is an elder, who have been in the building for 50 years -- and another is a single mother of three who was invited in by the owners just ~7 months ago, only to be told to leave right in the middle of winter. 

Many of the residents are in a vulnerable position -- and as a result they have been ignored, forced to endure poor conditions, and eventually pushed out. 

While neighbors are organizing  to  keep the building affordable and open to tenants, the owner has yet to halt the evictions.

To keep current residents safe and supported (especially during the holiday season),  we are looking for at least $1000 per head to reimburse any expenses they'll have, and to ensure a cushion during this time.

Please contribute as you are able, and share this campaign widely!

More info: www.ArvillaOrganizing.org 

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:

We set a modest target of $20k, but it would be great to triple that or more.

Funds will be channeled through the Calvary Center for Culture & Community, a trusted local organization that will help us account for it. Since they're a 501c3, your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The fundraising committee (Alex Gunnison, Aya Kaufmann, Tammer Ibrahim, Mary McGettigan, Timothy Crawford & JJ Tiziou) will provide oversight for equitable distribution to Arvilla residents. 

Because cash gifts can mess up benefits & subsidies, we’ll use the $$ to help neighbors cover costs of daily life & moving / transition costs & provide gift cards. 

Our goal is for at least 75% of the money raised to be distributed evenly per person in a need-blind no-conditions manner. The remaining 25% will allow flexibility for dealing with specific resident needs as they come up. 

We will have touch-points at the end of January & end of February to distribute resources, and may continue the campaign beyond that depending on how the coming months shape up.

Thank you for being generous in your support of our neighbors!
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FOR MORE INFO:

Inquirer: The Penn-Alexander Effect: Is there any room for low-income residents in University City? 
NBC10: Tenants of University City Apartment say they were forced out of their homes 
WestPhillyLocal: Neighbors Protest Arvilla sale, owners say deal nearly final 
GeekGirlWisdom: Support Arvilla Residents in W. Philly from Getting Pushed Out 

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Update 9
Posted by Arvilla Organizing
1 day ago
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GOOD NEWS:
We've got some solid coverage in todays' issue of The Daily Pennsylvanian.

This is an opportunity to leverage to bring Penn into the conversation about how, as am institution with significant political and financial power, it can work as a neighbor to help steer change in the neighborhood towards greater inclusion and equity.

Please check out the article and share it with all of the Penn-affiliated folks in your network:

"City Hall meeting confronts gentrification after West Phila. apartment put up for sale"

https://www.thedp.com/article/2019/01/arvilla-gentrification-affordable-housing-west-philadelphia
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Update 8
Posted by Arvilla Organizing
3 days ago
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Today we finally got the sit-down meeting with Mission First & Councilwoman Blackwell's staff that we'd asked for...

If you're not getting the email updates, here's a recap of the day and next steps:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/protect-arvilla-residents/4uNMSzWUiBw
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Update 7
Posted by Arvilla Organizing
5 days ago
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This is pretty tragic, and from an org whose mission is to care for the most vulnerable:

This young single mother of three can't answer her children when they ask where they'll be living next month... and this is three whole weeks AFTER Mission First posted their statement about "comprehensive relocation assistance for all displaced residents", and JUST three weeks before the eviction deadline.
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Update 6
Posted by Arvilla Organizing
5 days ago
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We've just posted an in-depth response to Mission First's distorted and incomplete account of the situation at the Arvilla–

Please make sure to check it out on our website, and share it with any press contacts or influencers that you might have connections to:

https://www.arvillaorganizing.org/2019/01/14/rebuttal-of-mission-firsts-statement-on-sale-of-the-arvilla/

Thank you!

PS we're up to $13,595!
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$14,241 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 136 people in 29 days
Created December 21, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
Calvary Center for Culture & Community
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Philadelphia, PA
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