WHAT DOES THE NTCDC/NAC DO?
The purpose of the NTCDC/NAC is to reduce and prevent homelessness by:
Serving neighborhoods/census tracts with at least 51% low and moderate income residents.
The primary activities of the NTCDC/NAC includes:
-Outreach (Conducted throughout service area distributing resource information and providing referrals.
-Mortgage and tax foreclosure diversion; (Canvassing and contacting owners of homes in danger of foreclosure to help save their homes)
-Quarterly service area briefings; (community meetings with pertinent topics chosen by the community)
-Publishing a quarterly newsletter; (Summary of NTDC/NAC activities, current events, important phone numbers, resources)
-Nicetown CDC/Neighborhood Advisory Subcommittee(NTCDC/NAS) Election (Nomination and community election of group to act in an advisory role to Nicetown CDC)
-Monthly Report – Quantifies NTCDC/NAC activities and reported to DHCD.
Data reports of neighborhood conditions and quantifying resource distribution. NTCDC/NAC staff engages and assists the NTCDC/Neighborhood Advisory Subcommittee. (NTCDC/NAS) To be nominated to run in the NTCDC/NAS Election, you must have lived/served and attended community meetings in the service area for at least 3 years.
The NTCDC/NAC service area boundaries are defined by 15 census tracts: 203 to 205; 276 to 284; and 265-267.
The Nicetown Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NTCDC/NAC) is a program of the Nicetown CDC, governed by the Division of Housing & Community Development. (DHCD)
Neighborhood Energy Center
Since 2009, the NTCDC has been contracted by the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) to operate a Neighborhood Energy Center. (NEC) We partner with and are contracted by the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) and the Dept. of Public Welfare (DPW) to provide direct utility bill assistance through the LIHEAP, Crisis, and Weatherization programs. We are also contracted by the Utility Emergency Services Fund (UESF) to help those who may need additional financial assistance to pay their utility bills. Since initiating our Neighborhood Energy Center, the Nicetown CDC has provided thousands of households with free budget and energy counseling and utility bill grants.
Keyspot Computer Lab
The Nicetown CDC has provided a computer lab free to the community since 2004. The Nicetown CDC partnered with the City Office of Innovation & Technology “KeySpot”, to expand the capacity of the computer lab. This allows us to join a City-wide network of KeySpot sites to share best practices, provide classes and resource opportunities. We also are a member of PhillyCam, which further enhances our communication and outreach capacity via social media, blogs, television, internet radio and other media.
The Nicetown CDC’s newly upgraded Keyspot computer lab space is where residents can be comfortable using computers and enhance their skills. It is utilized by individuals seeking employment, students that need to complete academic requirements, and also for communication and training opportunities. This allows us to expand our outreach efforts to parts of the community in and beyond our primary service area.
One of the most notable programs that this KEYSPOT has hosted involved with Philly311 for neighborhood liaison training. Through this training, 35 residents — block captains as well as committee and community members — learned to properly record resident concerns and enter them into the Philly 311 system for action.
The Nicetown CDC Community Center is a hub for information sharing, neighborhood resources, and community building. Becoming a KEYSPOT has made us more capable and “user-friendly”.
Nicetown CDC/NAC Staff with KeySpot Users
Since 2002, the Nicetown CDC made fighting poverty and food insecurity a priority and both remain challenges today. In partnership with the SHARE and Feed the Children programs, the Nicetown CDC Food Cupboard has provided thousands of meals to needy families. Food distribution days are at the NTCDC Community Center at 4300 Germantown Avenue on the first Friday (Senior Boxes) and 2nd Thursday (Food Cupboard) of the month from 1pm until 3pm, (date may be subject to change)