Offered off street parking by another organization to not oppose 28 low income housing units being built on my block

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I just had to kick out a very rude and nasty executive director of WCRP after allowing her into my home a few minutes ago to listen to her address what she thought were my concerns about the 28 units she plans on building on my block. She said that someone by the name of Pat Decarlo would give our street parking, charging us $10 a month if we did not oppose WCRP building what they wanted on my street.

I like being charged for something, that's being offered to me, in exchange for allowing someone to do what they want to the value of my house and the quality of living I thought I would be allowed to enjoy.

I am shocked that someone would actually walk into my house and treat me with such blatent disrespect but I guess that's how they treat us low in low income neighborhoods...Tells you how little they think of us...

HAZMAT's picture

So you say they offer to allow you parking in there lot for a fee?
Was that property not donated to pat decarlo for community use?
That just sounds like another money scheme from the great leader of nsca ....

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

2014 york's picture

good job tossing them out. Is this the Front and Norris Project?

HAZMAT's picture

Of coarse who else would be so self indulgent

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

kdlewis6's picture

yes...It was the front and Norris. I still am so disgusted. How can you come into my house, offer me a petty bribe? And despite the petty bribe, spout garbage about how my property value won't be adversely affected and refuse to provide documented proof that it won't. I don't want to hear stories when it comes to my $. She became down right nasty to me in my own house, in front of my child!! She said Pat would allow us to park in some parking lot, that is filthy, has dead cats that smell in the summer and was used for the film Dead Man Down last week that kept us up all night, and only charge me $10 a month. Gee thanks...

2014 york's picture

WCRP does have other projects planned for the area. That's why I asked.

kdlewis6's picture

And in exchange for being allowed to rent a vacant lot next to my house I am supposed to not complain when they build 28 houses for woman and children and a community center, on my small street with increased traffic on a very small block, where we have no means other than our on hands to pick up trash that we currently get, and if they continue to bully their way and do what they want, we will have to stop having a play street where we offer lunch, be surrounded by a youth organization that plays loud music and throws parties right behind my house in that same filthy parking lot without getting a permit or even notifying the neighborhood, a community center accross the street and that traffic, plus now on on my street right next to my house a second community center?? WTH? ugh... I am so so disgusted. I feel like I have just been bullied and disrespected in my own house...

HAZMAT's picture

Looks like Wcrp is growing faster than pha they are proposing a 28. Unit project at Trenton and auburn thanks to the great portrichmond west group

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

kdlewis6's picture

jeez...they have some big $ investors behind them then cause she said they are going to rehap the place at 4th and masters, after I said what poor condition that place was in. She claimed those homes increased in value because of WCRP and the neighbors loved them!! Love to see that study...please!!

HAZMAT's picture

We are the investors :(

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

2014 york's picture

Not only do they not care about you, they don't care about the residents of the proposed units. It's all about getting and spending federal grant money which keep them employed. We have discussed this issue at length on this site. Many attended the meeting and voiced our opposition (various reasons). The civics wrote letters of dissent.

I wish I could suggest something for you to do but I can't imagine what hasn't already been said. I don't think talking to Maria Sanchez will help much because she seems to support the project. I've spoken to her and sent letters to her office but I don't think it helped.

kdlewis6's picture

it was made evident how little they care about the effect on my quality of life and the value of my house by the way I was treated in my own home. but those tax dollars are my tax dollars, and yours, and in reality, we as citizens can effect how they are spent. private money is harder to dictate, but public funds are for the use of the public, not for private investors...if they want support, they need to not harm us. I am not into being beat up and robbed, without at least filing a police report and the way I was treated in my own home today, means that they must not understand the laws that protect us from this kind of treatment.

kdlewis6's picture

I am really just ed at being harassed, but guess that how they treat people. What federal grant money is supporting them because indirectly, if that federal program is supporting WCRP and Pat DeCarlo and allowing them to enter into my home and abuse me. As such, that federal progams funding needs to be held accountable.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

This is definitely something that should be taken further than this board. You should write to anyone & everyone of an official status who has the authority to put a stamp of approval on this project. And, you might even consider the media.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

kdlewis6's picture

thanks...good idea!

HAZMAT's picture

Is it time to protest Pat Decarlo's home and demand she shape up or ship out
.I'm sure 50 people and the news would change her value in city hall!

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

kdlewis6's picture

http://www.philadelphialisc.org/programs.html, not only did wcrp get money from the USDA in Feb 2012 for hunger issues, they received over $1 million is grants for a bunch of low income housing projects in North Philadelphia.

HAZMAT's picture

Write the grantors

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

HAZMAT's picture

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To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

kdlewis6's picture

already emailed them : )

Kenzo's picture

I hate to say this, but bribing residents with promised permanent parking to win over voted in the 500-foot proximity zone is NOT unusual. I'm really disappointed that WCRP has stooped to this level.

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kdlewis6's picture

It's disgusting use of public funds, trying to bribe people especially as we are the very people, low income women and children WCRP is 'supposedly trying to help'' by bullying us and telling us what they are going to do to our homes. I am beginning to think they are nothing more than slumlords, victimizing poor vunerable women for profit.

Kenzo's picture

I would believe HUD might have some influence in WCRP's funding. You can definitely talk to Representative John Taylor about their state tax credit funding. Abuse by a program participant will be receptive to him. There are a lot of applicants for projects and they are always looking to reallocate funds to the best projects. If WCRP is using thes types of tactics to influence zonig and they don't even have their tax credit funding, maybe they will back off if they think their funding will be put in jeapordy. HAZMAT you should get them in a room with Taylor to talk it over.

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kdlewis6's picture

If they really cared about us, they would help create a green space, covert the abandoned lots for parking and play areas, gardens, help us rehab the vacant houses on our block that support crime with criminals and junkies who hide in these houses and have robbed us at night. They would support our rec center in our cleaning initiatives, and street cleaning efforts. The would help us create eyes and ears for safety on our street and help us get rid of the drunks and junkies and the prosistutes who still try to hang out here. Not just cram 28 more vunerable families with very little resources onto our block, and not have any concern about how we will all survive. They just want to spout some unsubstantiated nonsense, tell me I have no say in how my house and street can be affected by them, and ignore basic city rules of development, while using my tax dollars to devalue and displace me, not to mention exploit my poverty...I better go to bed, I still am disgusted at how rude and disrespectful that woman was in my very own house that I struggle to own every day.

kdlewis6's picture

Thanks, I will contact HUD and see if they will stop this abusive bullying...grrr...lol

lighterthief's picture

ugh i need a shower after reading this thread... thank you for throwing them out in the light.. please continue.

Empty factories to the east and all our waste
The shape of things that came shows on the broken workers face

HAZMAT's picture

Disgusting people reading this has me nauseous ..
My disappointment only grows deeper with our political Rep for this district. And I have tried to surpass this. But it seems my feelings are spot on

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To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

kdlewis6's picture

just read who is on WCRP board and that WCRP was a supporter of land trusts in Philadelphia during the Street regime and the bank is a land trust owned by Norris Sq...maybe that's why Nora from WCRP felt free to be rude and hostile to me while standing in my house.

Coder's picture

Is there no oversight for where federal money goes? Would the feds be interested in learning about the bribes?
I also suggest you contact local media, City Paper, Phila. Weekly, etc.

ronchito's picture
Kenzo's picture

Aww she's "sad" they'll have to raze the bank buildings. The same bank buildings that were offered to buy off of Pat in the past (when they were in MUCH better shape than now) but she refused to sell.

Why can't WCRP go build in an area where no one cares what they do, like around 5th and Indiana? Why does this thing have to be cited right at Front and Norris just inches away from the EL platforms and even more stupid... half the units will face the EL and have an earthquake every 7 minutes? They can build on ready-to-construct lots rather than pouring tax dollars into demolition where it's clear the only people who support this is Pat DeCarlo and Pat's employees and some of her renters and that's about it.

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sdm's picture

HAZMAT wrote:
Looks like Wcrp is growing faster than pha they are proposing a 28. Unit project at Trenton and auburn thanks to the great portrichmond west group

I haven't heard anyone from PRWCAN say they support this project. Hell, I haven't heard anyone from up these parts come out in support of it.

From welfare to Mayfair.

HAZMAT's picture

Check, portrichmond west can on face book

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

austen's picture

HAZMAT wrote:
Check, portrichmond west can on face book

Yoda?

HAZMAT's picture

I'm on mobile so I can not post the link until I get home tomorrow. Kenzo has the link

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

sdm's picture

I didn't know they had one, I've only been following it on PRTW.

From welfare to Mayfair.

ronchito's picture
Kenzo's picture

PRTW/PROPAC would never support anything WCRP wants, they would say "we already have ultra low income housing, and it's called LANDVEST, now GO AWAY."

By the way, what the hell is with all the garbage piled up on the side wall of Youth United for Change? Is that Youth United for Garbage? It's been sitting there almost all week and their chain link fence is starting to collect free-range garbage. Pat needs to get that cleaned up, it's her property.

Or shall we invite volunteers from the "evil gentrifier" side of Front Street to come over and clean it ourselves?

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kdlewis6's picture

can you say slum landlord? ??

Once again I will have to ask my block captain to organize a block clean up and it will be the mothers, grandma's and small children who live on my block, cleaning up after the slumlandlords trash piles.

Today someone who claimed to be from Norris sq was piling trash up by the building purchased by WCRP, and when I asked to explain what he was doing because we've had to deal with people breaking in and hiding in abandonded building and then popping out and robbing us at gunpoint at night, he very nastily said that there was nothing I could do to stop him and that sometimes I needed to just accept being robbed because I couldn't stop everything...

I just called the police and I am going to let them deal with this random stranger who thinks I should not try to prevent crime where I live...

And of course he left bags and bags of trash out in the open for us old women to have to clean up or live with the roaches and rats his garbage will bring...

HAZMAT's picture

Keep filing 311 complaints and be sure to get the ticket # for future reference and any time you have to call police get DC # and keep a log of all and ant activity as well ad names of who you spoke to

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

th's picture

HAZMAT wrote:
and ant activity

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You wanna dance? LET'S DANCE!

HAZMAT's picture

th wrote:
HAZMAT wrote:
and ant activity

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ok ok I get it ! Any activity .... your such an intelligent mule !
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To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

th's picture

What? There are bags of garbage. Presumably that would bring ants. There was a strange kind of logic working there.

You wanna dance? LET'S DANCE!

kdlewis6's picture

while any pests are expensive and time consuming to exterminiate, be it ants, roaches, rats..with the 50 large black garbage backs dumped on the abandonded lots on my block, we also will have to deal with any seepage into our public water system, and the smell of rotting garbage combined with the dead cats, and junkie trash, that is dumped over the fences on this dumped property.... public dumping creates a lot of issues and seems to encourage others to dump and we periodically have to organize street cleanups because as soon as someone adds a matteress to the garbage, the prostitutes use it for their activity.

kdlewis6's picture

I am so calling 311 to get them to help me clean this mess up...I lived with the rotting smell all last summer, this summer, I will throw the trash out myself...lol, anybody want to volunteer and come over and help us?? : )

HAZMAT's picture

I'm always in on any cleanups for any one!

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

Kat's picture

Just reading this. Horrible.

2014 york's picture

I heard a rumor that WRCP may be seeking a different location. It cam from a reliable source who is politically connected.

HAZMAT's picture

2014 york wrote:
I heard a rumor that WRCP may be seeking a different location. It cam from a reliable source who is politically connected.

That would be awesome not against the project just the location and the fact of losing such beautiful historical buildings in such a manner would be an epic failure to not only the community in question but to Philadelphia as a whole. !

To be ones self and unafraid, right or wrong, is more admirable than the easy cowardice of surrender to conformaty. Irving Wallace.

kdlewis6's picture

If WCRP is looking for a different location, I hope it's in their own neighborhood of Northern Liberties...create a mixed income community and allow women and children the opportunity to utilize the already established resources that currently exists and actually create affordable housing in an area where there is NO affordable housing, instead of segregating all us impoverished folk into one neighborhood, essential forced creation of a ghetto of single moms and kids shoved into one place.

But don't count on it, I actually suspect WCRP is a front for their investors trying to make $ using tax free development projects. What nonprofit organization is concerned about what their 'investors' want in their developments, but Nora said that the low income housing had to have a community center in the facility because that's what her investors wanted??