NeighborhoodsNow is a new nonprofit organization that develops market-driven programs to improve the health and competitiveness of Philadelphia's low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
The organization is new, but NeighborhoodsNow is the second stage of an earlier, successful community development program called Philadelphia Neighborhood Development Collaborative (PNDC). For more than 10 years, PNDC provided operating and capacity-building support to community development corporations (CDCs).
PNDC helped CDCs to develop 1,900 housing units, and more than 330,000 square feet of non-housing development estimated at $136 million. The PNDC funders helped to create a new, more proactive entity and to transition PNDC into a self-supporting nonprofit that now raises funds to support specific programs that strengthen Philadelphia neighborhoods.
PNDC's history and lessons learned has helped the board and leadership of NeighborhoodsNow develop a program that responds to local and national market trends and proactively develops programs that address specific issues in Philadelphia.
Mission NeighborhoodsNow contributes to the economic vitality of the city and the region by leading and developing partnerships that strengthen neighborhoods through revitalization programs and policy reform.
Goals NeighborhoodsNow seeks to help improve the overall health and competitiveness of Philadelphia neighborhoods by developing and implementing market-driven and community-asset building programs. Two programs have been developed and launched by NeighborhoodsNow in its first year of operation—Healthy Neighborhoods and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD). NeighborhoodsNow is also working with the PA Department of Community and Economic Development to market the state's Neighborhood Partnership Program.