People’s Emergency Center

Founded with a $12,000 budget and the goal of providing emergency shelter and food, the People’s Emergency Center has expanded its mission to nurturing families, strengthening neighborhoods, and driving change in West Philadelphia. To do so, the CDC advocates for public policy changes on behalf of families experiencing homelessness and provides area residents with affordable housing, job and technology training, financial education, and a range of social services.  Since its establishment in 1972, the CDC is credited with investing over $60 million in eco-friendly, mixed-use development and open spaces.

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