Community and Family

César Andreu Iglesias Garden members push to stop sheriff sales of 2,100 privately liened properties

Temple’s lot is one of 2,100 remaining across the city that have U.S. Bank liens on them, according to advocates who have canvassed the city. Owned by the private bank, rather than the city, these lots are at risk of being sold at Sheriff sales and turned over to developers — which community members say is detrimental to the quality of life of lower-income communities of color by depriving them of green space and accelerating gentrification. | From: The Inquirer (Read more.)

Housing

New housing initiative for LGBTQ people scheduled to open this fall

Co-founded and led by Tatyana Woodard and Bishop Romaine Gibbs, Ark of Safety LGBTQ+ Safe Haven will provide a variety of resources and support services, including a weekly nighttime drop-in for people to come and get a hot meal and a shower, emergency shelter services, and, thanks to a grant from Homeless Assistance Fund Incorporated (HAFI), a two-year rapid rehousing program specifically for trans individuals of color. | From: Philadelphia Gay News (Read more.)