Office for Community Development

The Office for Community Development (OCD) serves as a catalyst to identify and mobilize the resources necessary to promote neighborhood transformation in targeted, disadvantaged communities of Philadelphia. Founded in 2001, OCD develops partnerships with other faith-based organizations, governmental agencies and local groups to accomplish its mission. OCD has focused initially on Philadelphia's Kensington section, with three building projects that have positively impacted the area: the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center, Visitation Homes transitional housing, and St. Hugh Neighborhood Home Revitalization. Ongoing neighborhood economic development strategies in the Kensington corridor build on the success of these initiatives. In South Philadelphia, OCD responded to an archdiocesan priority to convert vacant church properties into affordable senior housing, resulting in seventy-five such units at St. John Neumann Place. Future projects are exploring the feasibility of more residential and community-based programs focused on the needs of senior adults in the community.

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