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Project Background

What YOU Need to Know 

about the Sharswood/Blumberg Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Planning Process


The Philadelphia Housing Authority received a $500,000 Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) focused on the Sharswood/Blumberg Neighborhood of Lower North Philadelphia.

Project Team

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA), the nation’s fourth largest public housing authority, owns more than 14,000 affordable housing units and serves nearly 80,000 Philadelphians.  PHA was selected amongst a competitive pool of 52 applicants across the country for demonstrating organizational capacity, community partners, and access to key resources.

PHA has engaged the planning firm of Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT), to lead the neighborhood transformation planning process with community stakeholders.  WRT is a Philadelphia-based, nationally recognized planning practice that has worked with a number of communities to develop resident-supported neighborhood revitalization plans.

Transformation Plan

The grant is being used to develop a comprehensive Transformation Plan for the Sharswood/Blumberg Neighborhood, with strategies to improve the quality of life for local residents; including improved housing, better neighborhood conditions, increased health and safety, better education and career outcomes.

The plan will be developed over the next year based on resident and partner input through Task Force working groups organized under the key plan elements of HOUSING, PEOPLE, and NEIGHBORHOOD. This website will provide updates and important information about the planning process, including base information and preliminary outcomes as well as local meetings, neighborhood events.



For more information about the history of the development site, click here.  


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