“Everything now, we must assume, is in our hands; we have no right to assume otherwise. If we – and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others – do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.”
The Fire Next Time, 1963
Pain, frustration, disbelief, anxiety, exhaustion, fear, anger—each of us has likely experienced some of these emotions and then some as we have witnessed the events unfolding across our country. Those of us who work for social justice have believed we were rolling the boulder up the mountain, only to wake up and find so little discernible forward progress. We despair, we repair, then it happens again.
We mourn for Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and the countless others that came before them. We are outraged by the violent response to peaceful protesters in our cities. As American myths are ripped away the darker reality of long-standing racial oppression, disregard for black lives, and the well documented consequences of militarizing police forces are revealed for all to see.
For too long, we have seen the long shadow of our nation’s racist legacies perpetuate an unequal America. We see it every day in our work to counter the effects of redlining, segregation and discrimination.
At Reinvestment Fund, we know that we must do more. It’s not enough to call out the systemic racism evident in policing or healthcare or politics. It’s not enough to lament the injustice.
If we want to change what we are witnessing, we need action. What matters most now is what we choose to do. And at Reinvestment Fund, we choose:
We know our path will be complicated but we are clear that dismantling the very systems and policies that keep oppression alive, is necessary and urgent. We urge you to join us on this journey and take action. We can and must do better.
Announced by Governor Wolf, the PA Coronavrius Small Business Grants Program will be administering $225 million in grant funds. The PA CDFI Network, including Reinvestment Fund, is working with the PA Department of Economic and Community Development in support of program implementation. The first application window is now open and will close on July 14.Learn more
The communities we serve are feeling the deep financial and social impacts of COVID-19. Reinvestment Fund is working with our borrowers and partners to help them access local, state, federal and philanthropic emergency resources as they become available. Our goal is to help alleviate some of the immediate financial pressures and ultimately to preserve local assets.Learn more
Reinvestment Fund, the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), and United Way are conducting a city-wide survey to understand childcare needs as people head back to work and school. Parents and guardians can participate on the online survey anonymously to share their needs and concerns around care for children ages 0 to 5 in their household.
All families who use or plan to use childcare in Philadelphia are encouraged to take the survey, which is accessible at www.reinvestment.com/phlchildcarereopensurvey. The survey will be open for the next two weeks and is available in eight languages. In addition to English, families can access the survey in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Russian, Arabic and French.Read More
Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant Court processes approximately 20,000 filings each year. Many of those cases are not contested by the tenant and the landlord is given legal authority to take possession of their unit back. However, nearly half of the remaining cases settle with a Judgment by Agreement (JBA) – a process designed to facilitate a resolution of the dispute between the landlord and tenant.
Reinvestment Fund’s research has identified a number of positive and negative attributes to the process and resulting agreements. In this Brief, Reinvestment Fund reviews the learnings from an analysis of JBAs as well as interviews with tenants and landlords (and their respective attorneys) and court observation.
When Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant court reopens after the COVID-19 closure, there will undoubtedly be a backlog of cases that landlords will have been waiting to file. In this moment, when stable housing is more than ever a critical part of public health strategy and landlords need stabilized incomes to provide that housing, it is the time to make significant decisions around court processes and resources to ensure that the eviction process operates in a way that is both fair and efficient.