Participating PATH@1919 partners all aim to address the social determinants of health that help individuals achieve independence and lead more fulfilling lives. The creation of a community hub is an opportunity to introduce PATH’s participants to complementary services, and will welcome people in the broader community, including recent immigrants, seniors, and youth, among others.
Needed: Connections to Service
Northeast Philadelphia has undergone profound demographic changes over the past several decades, and it is now an area of significant unmet community need, exacerbated by its relative geographic isolation from Center City where most services are concentrated. Today’s Northeast is arguably Philadelphia’s most international community, home to one of the highest percentages of foreign-born residents, with more than 60 countries represented and over 50 languages spoken at Northeast High School. A profile of area residents reveals that 21% of residents are foreign-born and 33% of the population speaks multiple languages.
Financial limitations and linguistic and cultural barriers faced by immigrants and people with limited English-speaking abilities result in many residents not accessing services to which they are entitled and that would improve life prospects for themselves and their families.
PATH@1919 will address these issues by bringing a full complement of services right to the neighborhood. Located at the corner of Cottman and Castor Avenues, the crossroads of two major bus routes, it is blocks away from the City health center, the public library, Northeast High School, and Wilson Middle School.
Anchor to Community Revitalization
PATH@1919 will be located on a highly-visible corner at the heart of Northeast Philadelphia’s commercial area, which will anchor major revitalization planning efforts to spur economic development including new business attraction and pedestrian-friendly enhancements such as improved street lighting, enhanced security, and greening of open space.
In addition to transforming a historically-significant, vacant building into an attractive, well-used community hub, PATH’s 600+ employees and 3,700+ participants and their families will have access to a vibrant neighborhood including amenities such as local restaurants and retail stores.
Taken together, these efforts will spur job development as PATH grows and other businesses seeking to expand will have greater confidence in the area, and be more likely to invest in the Northeast.