Support Arvilla Residents!
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
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!
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
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"
If you're not getting the email updates, here's a recap of the day and next steps:
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.
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:
PS we're up to $13,595!